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Re: Tolkien the spy?
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Findegil wrote:
The Royal Navy did not exactly use the secret German traffic "to intercept and destroy Hitler's U-Boats", as doing so would have given away the fact that Enigma was not impenetrable.


Did Bletchley Park use the deciphered traffic "to intercept and destroy Hitler's U-Boats"?

On the whole no, they used it primarily to make sure that convoys went around the areas where the U-Boats were waiting.

Later in the in the war the information from Bletchley Park was shared with the US and both the Royal Navy and US Navy sank all the German refueling vessels for U-Boats.

The Germans never believed that the ciphers had been broken, but that copies of the codebooks had been obtained and every time they got suspicious they changed the codes that were used.

If you are interested in this area, then I recommend "Enigma" by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, who had a special interest in Bletchley Park as it was his families ancestral home.

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Posted on: 2009/9/20 22:12
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Re: eBay: Signed CoH
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I agree that this is a good price, I have four double signed COH's, UK Trade, UK Deluxe and two Super-Deluxe editions, but if you don't have a signed copy already then I think it is worth waiting for tolkien.co.uk to have a 30% off sale on the Super-Deluxe and get that instead.

It is one of the best designed books that I own and its release has significantly lowered the value of the bookplate editions.

Andrew

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Re: Linguaphone Course with Tolkien recording
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I have done some more research into this and the digital copies of the sound recordings on the British Library web site are under copyright by the British Library and Linguaphone, the copyright on this digital recording runs out in 2059. As they own the copyright on this digital copy then they can restrict its use to streaming only. I wrote to the British Library and asked them to make it available for streaming outside of the UK and it looks like they have done that, you can stream it from the US at any rate now.

The interesting point as I made earlier is that the original 78 record from 1929 is out of copyright, under UK law it expired in 1979 fifty years after that recording was made, and because it is out of copyright anyone who has access to the original record can make copies including a digital copy. If this digital copy was assigned a license such as Creative Commons License then this copy could be made available to anyone and for instance hosted on archive.org or possibly on the Tolkien Collector's Guide

Is anyone on the board able to make a digital copy of these two tracks from the original 78?

Andrew

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Another Tolkien signed item
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/THE-HOBBIT-BY-J ... e011&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

No provenance as usual but also I have never seen a real signature where Tolkien signed directly under his printed name.

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Neil Gaiman's Bookshelves
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I'd like to think that The Professor's books are in there somewhere.

http://blog.shelfari.com/ronbrinkmann ... ns-bookshelf-details.html

http://blog.shelfari.com/my_weblog/2009/09/neil.html

and I also like that even with a Library this big he has the same problem as the rest of us and has piled up books on his chair

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