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Hey all,

I've had at least one person ask about the banner "ads" shown at the top of pages on TCG.

I put a couple of banners up there for sites that I liked that seemed relevant. It seems to be working just fine, and getting enough interest that I want to open it up to other sites.

It's all free. If you have a site that you think is relevant enough to TCG readers and have some banner artwork ready (468 x 60 preferred, static images only), just drop me a note and if I approve it, I will add it into the rotation. Feel free to recommend other sites even if you are not the site owner, and if it looks interesting I will contact the site admin.

Posted on: 2007/5/31 17:26
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June Giveaway!
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The TCG website giveaways were on furlough for a few months there for a couple of reasons - one, the Children of Hurin release party sponsorship where TCG gave away a couple of signed Hildebrant prints, and two, I wasn't around for a while there.

Hopefully I will be around much more often now, to keep the site up to date and moving forward in the guide database entries.

One thing I never mentioned before, I realized - Dior, who won the first giveaway, graciously donated his winnings into the next giveaway. So, the possible prizes for the month of June include all of the prior ones. I will add a few more I think as I have time this upcoming week.

A. 2005 16 month "The Tolkien Art of the Brothers Hildebrant" calendar, still brand new and sealed in shrinkwrap.

B. Orcrist #3 (Tolkien Journal Vol. 4. no. 1, whole number 11) - Cover art "The Hornberg in Helm's Deep" by Tim Kirk.

C. Four vintage 1960's buttons - "Frodo Lives" (green and red), "Tolkien is Hobbit Forming", "Come to Middle-earth". (Yes, they are a bit stained - they're old!)

Everyone who posts to the TCG website (discussion forums, guide entries, classifieds, events, news, comments, links) will be entered in the drawing. One entry per person per month. Since some of the methods allow anonymous postings, I will only include those in the drawing if I can identify who made the post. Malicious posts (I have a couple of comment spammers I am fighting off right now) don't count.

Expect a security measure on some postings soon.

Good to be back!

Posted on: 2007/5/31 17:18
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Re: Help with History of Middle Earth Deluxe Editions (2000)
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Beren's site is a good place to list them. I could list them on rowns.com as well - plus there is a good community here that may just contact you from this discussion thread.

Posted on: 2007/5/31 17:03
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Bloomsbury auction update - 1st Eds, signed letters
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"Modern First Editions, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters, English and Continental Literature & History"

24 May 2007 at 10.30am & 2.00pm

Viewing beforehand on
Tuesday 22 May from 9.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 23 May from 9.30am to 8.00pm
Thursday 24 May from 9.30am to 10.30am

247. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.III second state with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49, folding maps, oblated signature on front free endpaper of vol.III, all internally in very good condition, original cloth, dust-jackets, some light surface marking, spines slightly browned and dulled, vol.I & II with small closed tears to fore-corners, vol.III slightly chipped at lower fore-corners, closed tears and slight fraying to spine ends with some loss to vol.I & II, overall however very good examples, 8vo, 1954-55.
Estimates £5000 - £7000



248. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, first impressions, vol.III second state with sagging text and number ‘4’ on p.49, folding maps, no inscriptions, original cloth, minor sunning to spine ends, otherwise fine, dust-jackets, uniformly dulled at spines, some surface marking, particularly to lower panel of vol.II, vol.I splitting at upper joint with resultant closed tear to upper panel, vol.I & III slightly frayed at head of spine, all torn at foot of spines with some loss, 8vo, 1954-55.
Estimates £4000 - £5000



249. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Lord of the Rings, 3 vol., first editions, vol.I second impression, vol.III second state with sagging text and number ‘4’, folding maps, vol.I lacking front free endpaper and with minor running from red edging affecting top edge of map and last text f., spotting to vol.II & III endpapers and a few ff., ink inscription on front endpaper of each vol., original cloth, cocked, 1954-55; and a jacketed copy of The Silmarillion, 8vo (4)
Estimates £300 - £400



250. Tolkien (J.R.R.) .The Hobbit, eighth impression, colour frontispiece and plain illustrations by the author, map endpapers, lacking most of 1 preliminary blank f., tape mark to upper hinge, original pictorial cloth, minor edge sunning, dust-jacket, signed by the author near foot of inside front panel [see lot 490], tape marks to inside front flap, clipped at lower corners of inside flaps, small chips from corners of head of spine, 2 vertical creases, otherwise a very good example, 8vo, 1956.
Estimates £750 - £1000



493. Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) .Autograph Letter signed to Elsie Honeybourne, 2pp. & envelope (stamp removed), 8vo, Headington, Oxford, 18th September 1967, responding warmly to a present Miss Honeybourne has sent him, “If I dare say so a very hobbit-like kindness to send a present on you own birthday!”, and answering her questions about The Lord of the Rings, “As I said in the ‘Foreword’ to the American paperback..., I wrote The Lord of the Rings because I wished ‘to try my hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them & deeply move them’. As a guide I had only my own feelings for what is appealing or moving; and it has been a great pleasure (and a surprise) to find that so many other people have similar feelings. But no one has written me a letter more warm, and few have come near it. I am specially grateful for your pleasure in the names: I took a great deal of trouble with them”, complimenting her on her surname, “Your own name is a delightful one, and brings to me suggestion of kinship. It’s such a good name that I must, in any future more complete map of the Shire (often asked for), find a place for it. It is one of the comparatively rare place-names that means what it says: a stream, of sweet water and/or flowing through flowery-meads”, folds (2)
Estimates £1000 - £1500



494. Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) .Autograph Letter signed to Elsie Honeybourne, 2pp., 8vo, Headington, Oxford, 21st December 1967, discussing her surname, “I think it still probable that your father’s name nonetheless comes from near Evesham. It must be derived from a place-name; and though -Bourne (stream) is widespread in England, and occurs in Kentish names, Honeybourne is found only in Cow H. and Church H. near Evesham. There was a considerable movement and interchange between Kent and Worcestershire, largely because of the industries of fruit-growing. I hall certainly put Honeybourne on the Shire Map as soon as an opportunity of revision (much needed) occurs”, and commenting on the end of The Lord of the Rings, “I was deeply interested in your choice of passages, and quite agree about Pippin’s ride. An easing of tension was needed at the end of the ‘Book’ (but of course provided instinctively and not by planning). To ride with Gandalf must have been like being borne by a Guardian Angel, with stern gentleness a most comforting combination to children (as we all are)”, and sending a newly published story”, folds; and a small quantity of ephemera relating to Tolkien including 2 T.Ls.s. from Joy Hill, 1968, informing Miss Honeybourne that Professor Tolkien had moved from Oxford and that he was recovering from a “minor accident”, folds (sm. qty)
Estimates £800 - £1200



495. Tolkien (J.R.R., author and philologist, 1892-1973) .Autograph letter signed to an aptly Shire-sounding Mr Burrows, 1p., 16mo, n.p., 1st August 1969, discussing the signing of a copy of The Hobbit and Tolkien’s change of address & recent health issues.
Estimates £300 - £400

Posted on: 2007/5/2 10:50
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Re: Britains LOTR figures info needed
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Oh, and the Tolkien Society has the following listed as currently available:

"W. Britain's Hand Painted Cast Metal Collectable Figures - Accurate depictions of the film characters, ready made, hand painted, approx. 54mm. SOME no longer made, last few. 25% off!! (Prices listed include discount.)

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING RANGE: Aragorn, Bilbo, Boromir, Galadriel, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Saruman, Orc overseer. Each. £15.50

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING RANGE: The Hobbits (3); The Orcs (3); (NO longer made, running out fast.) Each. £38.75

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING RANGE: Gandalf and the Balrog diorama. (Last few.) £119.50"

They usually charge retail, and shipping is included in the rate, so these are not quite accurate reflections of the original retail prices.

Posted on: 2007/4/27 15:02
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