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Re: Unusual Items
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This is fun thread... I have bought some very unusual items in the past which are always fun to talk about.

For example, I went to an event which sold old posters, postcards, stamps, and such and when looking through a box of postcards from South-Afrika (looking if I could find an image of the bank in Bloemfontein) I found a postcard with authograph by Arthur Tolkien which was sent to England some days before he died. Incredible find and for only 2 euro I believe it was like winning the lottery.

Another amazing story is when I went to England in 1991 or 1992 and went inside the oxfam store in Oxford in the same street as the Bird & Baby and found a 1st edition of The Hobbit signed by J.R.R. Tolkien. Don't know how it ended up there but I bought it for some pounds!

Something I picked up from ebay is also quit unusual... namely an original photograph from Exeter College 1914, which was used for John Garth's Tolkien and the Great War.

There are some other very unusual items, but as for now I believe these are the most interesting.

Posted on: 2007/12/17 3:33


Re: Unusual Items
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The most unusual item that I have is my copy of the standard UK Children of Hurin, which I got from Foyles in London a week before the official release of the book.

Foyles must have had a about 30 copies of the book in the store which had been pulled from the shelves after HarperCollins found out they were selling them early. They were actually still in the store but had been turned around so you could not see the covers. I bought a copy took it outside and had a look at it, the first section of the book is bound upside down. I went back into the store and it looks like all the rest were the same.

I think that these books would have been pulped before the release 1 week later, so I suspect that my copy may be unique.

Posted on: 2007/12/17 2:56


Re: Help on Saruman and Radagast question
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Well, the list of possibilities narrows... in The Peoples of Middle-earth Christopher points out on p. 384 (US 1st HC, follow the 'Radagast' index entry for other editions) that immediately preceding the sentence printed in Unfinished Tales ("We must assume...") Tolkien says (and I am quoting Christopher's phrasing here, not JRRT) "there is no possibility that some of them were Eldar 'of the highest order of power', rather than Maiar."

I hadn't seen the full text online for that Mythlore article that Jason refers to - thanks for the reminder/tip Dior! A great read - though it explicitly calls Radagast a Maia without discussion.

It still is a significant phrase ("assume") - must keep digging to figure out if he was just playing with the idea of one or more being a Vala, or if some of them were "other" (what other?)

There is another single word that Tolkien uses in a particular quote that I am pursuing on a completely different subject - may try to get it published in Beyond Bree's humor issue, as it is not serious research.

Posted on: 2007/12/17 2:29
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Re: Help on Saruman and Radagast question
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Hey Rowns,

Lingwë recently discused Radaghast on his website here

discussing two sources, The History of the Hobbit and an article in Mythlore.

Cheers
Dior

I like the new Research Questions forum...Great idea!!

Posted on: 2007/12/17 1:17


Re: Help on Saruman and Radagast question
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To clarify for those who were wondering...

Tolkien says "We must assume that they [the Istari] were all Maiar" (Unfinished Tales, p. 394 of US 1st HC ed.) This comment is dated around 1972 by Christopher in a description of the source of the quote.

So even JRRT must "assume" they are Maiar. What else could they be? Has anyone written on this, or just taken the assumption as fact and never discussed?

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