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Re: Quiet in here
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Real life has been intruding, so I haven't done much on the Tolkien front for quite some time.

I did manage to get down to the exhibition at the weekend though - it was good to see some familiar faces and meet some new people. Ted Nasmith's new illustrations for the George RR Martin books were fantastic, and Jef Murray's artwork was very striking when seen close up.

There was also a small exhibition of Tolkienalia including his panama hat, a letter to his brother, a letter from Mabel Tolkien to her sister (dated 1894), signed first editions of The Hobbit and Tom Bombadil, some unpublished photos and (courtesy of Beren) a selection of books from his library.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 13:25


Re: Tolkien's Gedling
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Ah, that explains why my copy hasn't turned up yet! I had just emailed the publisher to ask where it was.

Thanks for the information - I can't wait to read it.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 12:56


Re: Thornton's announces Hobbit collector's box for sale
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Some of that text looks strangely familiar...

Posted on: 2008/4/7 12:30


Re: Tolkien's Gedling
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Hi Andrew,

thanks for the information! And my apologies for the delay in getting your post up on the boards (non-member posts have to be hand approved due to the quantity of spam). I look forward to reading the book.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 11:47
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Re: Harpercollins - Gold Ring on Chain???
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David Brawn at HarperCollins had some more information for me:

The ring was a promotional item produced for the film tie-in books. It was a competition prize for an overseas book retailer, I think in Canada, and only a few were produced. It may well have been 200, as you say, though my recollection is that it was a much smaller number. Unfortunately, I do not have a record of which retailer or how many, and we did not keep any copies - in fact, I don't think I ever saw the actual item. A lot of competition-based promotions took place, including winning flights to New Zealand, but none of the marketing team who worked on the promotions are still with us.

I appreciate that isn't very helpful, but it was such a busy time. Promotional items were never intended to be of long-term interest or any financial value.


Anyone from Canada remember seeing these? It would be interesting to track down any ephemera (articles, advertising materials, etc.) that actually mention the ring. If we can find out what retailer ran the promotion I can probably dig further.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 11:27
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