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Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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This one is even more hilarious than yesterday's signature.

I love the quote "i have no idea who the portrait is of or whether it is genuine or original".

How many people in the world have not heard of J.R.R. Tolkien They do not know who the portrait is of, yet the Ebay listing is '"JRR Tolkien Pencil Portrait" Signed'. How did they come up with the listing title if they did not know who the portrait is of?

This must be in the top 10 of the worst forgeries I have ever seen, terrible!!! It is a very nice sketch that is ruined by a fake signature.

Posted on: 2009/7/7 10:32


Re: Hobbit "ratelves" typo question
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This was around for a long time, in my UK (listed as Sixth impression 1971) Hardback Hobbit if you look at the page Listing the Illustrations in the book (this is the only place it occurs and it is right at the start of the book), it is described as "Bilbo comes to the huts of the Ratelves".

The actual illustration is correct as Tolkien wrote the text on the picture. It is corrected in the UK 1978 edition, so was probably fixed in the middle of the seventies in the UK, may still have continued in US editions though.

Posted on: 2009/7/7 10:25


Re: Tolkien Signature?
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Well, it has a "Certificate of Guarentee" (sic) with it, sadly they managed to spell "Guarantee" incorrectly, not a good start really. I would like to think that anyone authenticating these signatures could at least spell "Guarantee"

Look at Picture 3 and 4.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 11:07


Daphne Castell interview with Tolkien (The Realms of Tolkien)
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I had not seen this before, it is an interview by Daphne Castell of Tolkien in 1966 (The Realms of Tolkien), originally published in New Worlds magazine.

There are some quotes first from Michael Moorcock and then David Pringle and then the interview.

http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/tolkien/full/

and speaking of Interviews anyone got any further news on a release date for "On Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences, and Other Essays"

Posted on: 2009/7/5 9:02


Blogpost - The Tolkien Industry by Jack Ross
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Interesting article on Tolkien editions, collecting and criticism.

"........
His most noticeable legacy, unfortunately, seems to be a ragtag and bobtail (to use a Tolkienian term) of mostly American scholars who specialise in ever more recondite and fatuous explorations of the implications of the papers and manuscripts which Tolkien himself sold them so long ago.
........"


http://books.scoop.co.nz/2009/06/16/the-tolkien-industry/

Posted on: 2009/6/21 0:36



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