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Re: Tolkien signature
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Joining this thread a little belatedly:

In regard to the book sold on eBay, if the signature is genuine, Carl's explanation as to how it got into the book seems plausible. But Beren's question about why volume 4 remains, and I'm not without doubts about that signature. The dots are indeed uncharacteristic, and it seems to me that the signer had some hesitation in writing some of the letters. Not enough to discount it entirely, just to raise some warning flags. By the way, Tolkien seems not to have frequented Queen's College, Oxford: Christina and I record in our Chronology only one reference to it, a dinner there with J.A.W. Bennett in 1946. (Tolkien also dined at Queen's College, Cambridge, but that's another animal altogether.)

I have much more trouble with the two typed items noticed by Dior. The first problem is a typewritten letter from around 1943, when Tolkien was invariably, as far as Christina and I have seen, writing his letters in manuscript. The second problem is that the typewriting doesn't look like Tolkien's -- wrong font, wrong fit of letters, atypical typos, use of spaces, and margins. And then there are the signatures, with dots askew and some letters (such as T and k) which I find questionable. Also, I have to wonder why Tolkien would type out the "Eala Earendil" quotation by itself and then sign it: this wouldn't be typical of him, so adds to my suspicions.


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Posted on: 2008/9/30 19:16


Re: Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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Ahem ... yes.

Had hoped to see and talk to them at Tolkien 2005 - but Christina fell ill. Then the symposium at Exeter College 2006 seemed to provide a chance - but much too expensive for poor students, so I decided against going, with heavy heart, however, again they had to cancel.

I would love to be able to welcome them this side of the pond again soon! (Maybe Loughborough 2012? Or could we perhaps have them as guests of honour at Unquendor's Lustrum in 2011?)

Posted on: 2008/9/30 17:03
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And I can say roughly the same as Wellinghall. ;)

Posted on: 2008/9/30 15:18
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Re: Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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DITTO!!!

A very jealous Dior

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Re: Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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Wow... why do I live at this side of the ocean?

Anyone interested to go there to get my set of guide & companion signed... and even better, bring along a camera and put the reading on line!

Posted on: 2008/9/30 0:27



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