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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).

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Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Microsoft have been assisting libraries with scanning of books that are now out of copyright at books.live.com.

I did a search for Tolkien and found that a copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary" has been scanned and is free to download as a PDF file, you can also search the book as it has been run through OCR software.

I don't own this book, so it is very nice to be able use it as a reference book.

You can download it here.

Posted on: 2008/5/26 0:11


Re: Tolkien Estate Sues New Line Cinema
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http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article3999008.ece

(I know this was on TolkienLibrary...but thought I'd keep it going...)

Poor old Christopher 'is said' to say quite alot, without ever being directly quoted (on the internet). "One last crusade" he said to someone, who said to this guy, who told us...

Add to that (although all very interesting) some interviews from nearly two decades ago (pre-film), and soon Christopher will actually be in California to speak to the judge in person!

I have to admit I didn't realise that the films were going to be planned quite as they seem to be (I'm sure I read it, just mabey didn't quite take it in!). The second film (in terms of content) sounds like it will be on real (legally) shakey ground should they choose to proceed. What happens between The Hobbit and LotRs is surely principally covered in UT? Other than the two books themselves (and the features within: names, characters etc), the LotRs appendices is the film makers only real hold on anything else Tolkien...

Think I would still have to go and see them if they get made though!

BH

Posted on: 2008/5/25 1:23
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