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Jemima Hunt - Roverandom
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Jemima submitted some illustrations to Harper Collins for a new illustrated edition of Roverandom. I was suprised at this as it has only just been reprinted in "Tales from the Perilous Realm".

Christopher Tolkien turned her down.

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I heard back from the publishing director of Harper Collins - David Brawn recently regarding the Roverandom illustrations which were being considered for publication. It was up to Christopher Tolkien, (J. R. R. Tolkien's son) as to whether it would go ahead. Tolkien spoke very kindly of my illustrations but didn't feel they were suitable for his fathers work (this wasn't a suprise as he had turned away Tove Jansson).
He said:
"Jemima, on the other hand, paints to a wholly different vision, and one that I find intrinsically greatly preferable, but as an accompaniment to the actual tale of Roverandom as my father told it I'm not really enthusiastic."

It was a long shot, and although I am disappointed, I am extremely pleased that Christopher Tolkien took the time to look at my illustrations and spoke warmly of them and that Harper Collins felt them good enough to put forward to him."

http://jemimahunt.blogspot.com/2009/1 ... -request-and-tolkien.html

but she does have some of illustrations on her web site

http://www.jemimahunt.co.uk/roverandom.html.

I quite like them, it will be interesting to see what the final chosen illustrations will be like.

Posted on: 2009/12/7 1:39


Re: The wonders of eBay
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This one is great, it states that it has been "viewed by experts", it will be now. The experts did not spot the incorrect date, these paperbacks were not issued until 1976.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/LORD-OF-THE-RIN ... oks_2?hash=item3ca8133677

Posted on: 2009/12/6 1:49


Re: What a bargain
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I would be inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt that it is a mistake, as this looks like an automated listing by computer and it looks like they messed up big time when they put all these items on eBay. (I think they should have been $10, but the computer multiplied every items price by 100).

http://shop.ebay.com/qugelmatic/m.htm ... p3911.c0.m14&_sop=3&_sc=1

Posted on: 2009/12/1 23:15


What a bargain
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Somewhat slightly more expensive than Amazon but at least you get free shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tolkien-Diary-201 ... Books?hash=item2a03050599


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Posted on: 2009/11/30 22:58


Re: R R Auction Tolkien Letter
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The guarantee from RR Auctions is exactly the sort of thing you would not get from sellers of "dubious" items like the "Higgins" letter.

This letter has all the correct points that are missing from items like the "Higgins" letters

1 - It is typed by someone who knew how to type (Tolkien clearly did know how to type as he stated that he typed the LOTR out twice). The "Higgins" style letters appear to have been done by somebody who is not proficient at typing on a typewriter, like most people today. As they struggle with using a typewriter they write short messages.

2 - This is the sort of letter that Tolkien would have typed and signed. I think it would have been quicker to type than to write by hand, unlike the "Higgins" letters which if real would have been handwritten.

3 - It is possible to check the details in the letter with the parties concerned, you could ask the British Council about the contents or find out information about Professor Przemyslaw Mroczkowski. This letter does have some provenance that can be checked. There is nothing in the "Higgins" letters that can be checked even that "Higgins" ever existed.

4 - The signature looks much better. It is not in the horrible blue colour of the "Higgins" letters and even something cursory like the dots come after his initials and not before as in the recent "Higgins" letter on eBay.

I personally am completely happy with this item.

Posted on: 2009/11/25 3:14



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