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Re: What do people think of this item
Home away from home
2007/4/29 5:29
Posts: 658
I don't know any more about the notepaper (or the sig) than you do, Trotter. But my gut feeling is that this item is 'right'.

I've had correspondence with the vendor before, years ago. I think he's sound. As far as I can see, someone paid a fair price for a nice little associate item. (still a little rich for my blood at the moment, though).

Posted on: 2010/7/4 23:23


Re: The Riddle Game
Home away from home
2007/4/29 5:29
Posts: 658
I haven't seen a copy. Sounds very interesting - how much of 'Riddles in the Dark' is reproduced?

I'm not sure what you mean by non-PC illustrations. Can you tell us what they are, and who they're by?

Posted on: 2010/7/4 23:15

Re: What do people think of this item
2006/6/5 22:04
From Essex, England
Posts: 1935
I think we may have seen this one before but I'm unsure about the letter for two reasons

1 - That it is not on headed paper, (GA&U had fairly elaborate headed paper at this time which I'm sure would have been used for correspondence of this nature), or is this an example that was only used for Professor Tolkien's correspondence.

2 - I have never seen Tolkien sign his initials like this before.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RARE-TOLKIEN-LE ... ks_UK&hash=item255bb2a674

On the other hand Tolkien must have known Brian Miller as you can see from his obituary here, which gives it some provenance.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obi ... /brian-miller-728943.html

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Posted on: 2010/7/4 21:58


The Riddle Game
Just popping in
2009/6/2 11:42
Posts: 1
I have obtained a copy of a Junior Scholastic magazine, dated April 23, 1938. It has an excerpt from the newly published The Hobbit entitled Riddles In The Dark,where Bilbo finds the Ring. It is the original version of the Riddle Game, later to be revised. It also has three pieces of artwork that would be deemed very politically incorrect by todays standards. Has anyone ever seen this piece of Tolkien history?

Posted on: 2010/7/4 16:57

Shippey - Tolkien Author of the Century
Quite a regular
2009/7/7 13:15
From Scotland
Posts: 52
I recently bought (on ebay) a copy of JRR Tolkien Author of the Century signed by Tom Shippey. The main reason I bought it, even though it was a second impression was that it also has, throughout, suggested amendments by Tom Shippey.

Whether these were just idle jottings or have been incorporated in later impressions, I don’t know.

There is nothing startling in the changes and the errors would have been spotted by many fans anyway but I thought it might be interesting to let other members know what Mr Shippey’s notes were and ask if anyone knows if later impressions remain unchanged.

page vi - two names to be added to the Acknowledgements
page 16, line 16 – “father Thror” corrected to “grandfather Thror”, “grandfather Thrain” corrected to “father Thrain”
page 25, line 26 – “Brill” corrected to “Bree”
page 31, line 28 – “eigi einhamr” the “a” is crossed out but the margin note suggests to insert “a” underlined (not sure what is intended myself)
page 39, line 13 – “Thor’s” corrected to “Odin’s”
page 68, line 2 – comma after “Witch-King” deleted and “who will” amended to “who would”
page 72, line 22 – after “the same as” add “or close to”; “grandfather” amended to “father”
page 107, line 6 – “chapter 3” amended to “chapter 4”
page 113, line 20 – move “is” to come after “lied about this”
page 175, line 18 – “The Head Shirriff” amended to “One of the Shirriffs”
page 197, line 5 – “1939” amended to “1938”
page 197, lines 6/7 – “published her own edition” amended to “completed and published it”
page 197, line 7 – “1951” amended to “1953”
page 211, line 3 – “in 1947” amended to “by 1947”
page 217, line 30 – “Voyage to Venus” amended to “Perelandra”
page 227, line 18 – “1987” amended to “1985”
page 270, line 5 – “1959” amended to “1954”; “over sixty” amended to “fifty-five”
page 270, line 28 – “1927” amended to “1929”;
page 278, line 10 – “twice” deleted;
page 278, line 11 – comma inserted after “1937”
page 278, line 11 – “in 1970” amended to “in 1962 and 1970”
page 278, line 11 – “Several” amended to “It and some”
page 286, line 24 – “a modern English father and son” amended to “three modern English characters”
page 287, line 2 – “Rateliffe” amended to “Rateliff”
page 345, col 1, line 5 – “Rateliffe” amended to “Rateliff”

Posted on: 2010/7/4 6:19

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