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Signed Tolkien letter on eBay
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Carl Hostetter spotted this on eBay and passed on the link in case anyone is interested (perhaps not to buy at that price, but the letter and signature are fully legible in the pictures provided so you can read and enjoy it.) Neither he nor I am affiliated with the seller.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140235215675

A quote from the letter:
"I am personally averse to dramatizations of my work, especially of The Lord of the Rings, which is too long for reproduction without severe cutting and editings: in my view destructive, or at best severely damaging to a complicated but closely-woven story."

Posted on: 2008/5/27 16:43
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How do you collect - June poll
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Discussion welcome - please post here if you choose "other" as one of the poll options. You can of course choose as many or as few options as you like, you are not limited to one.

Posted on: 2008/5/27 16:31
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Re: Those confounded spaces
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Well, in Dutch everyone's initials get compressed - there only is a space after the last period before the surname. Nowadays, that is, in correspondence, publications, directories etc. It used to be less common.

I find on Tolkien's works published in Dutch in the 1960s that it says "J.J.R.Tolkien" (thus without any spaces) on cover, spine and title page (and half-title), but "J. J. R. Tolkien" in the blurb on the back. On/in a completely unrelated Dutch book of the same time, printing all spaces is the norm, inside and out, text and titling.

Come we to the early 1980s, and it's "J.R.R. Tolkien" on blurb, half-title, copyright page (It was "Tolkien" with the T extending over the other letters on cover and spine at the time). And that has been the norm ever since, extended to cover and spine. And it is the norm with unrelated Dutch books published at the same times.

Posted on: 2008/5/27 10:22
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Those confounded spaces
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Hi all,

I've been noticing of late that most books published with Tolkien's initials have no spaces (in other words, they look like "J.R.R." instead of "J. R. R."). This was not so common in the past, if you go back through older publications.

I thought it might just be a printing style or some such, but in recent works (for example, I did a sample check of Tolkien Studies), only Tolkien's initials are compressed - other initials have spaces between the letters and periods.

Is this something the Estate prefers, or just shorthand that everyone is adopting? Anyone know, or have opinions?

Posted on: 2008/5/26 12:29
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Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Thanks for the link! Very handy for the search function, and fun to browse (so I don't crack the flaking spine on my paperback if nothing else).

Posted on: 2008/5/26 2:16
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