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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Here are some more pictures of the SuperDeluxe COH and Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun for comparison.

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/3327/img0046jlf.jpg

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/4302/img0047f.jpg

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/2372/img0048n.jpg

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/5265/img0045m.jpg

There are differences between the two books in book size and clamshell size, but they do look nice together. The lift out ribbon as you can see in the pictures is attached differently to COH, and I can't see how this new design is meant to work.

I ordered at about 12pm and my copy is number 73. I was also impressed with the huge box that it came in which was very well packed.

Posted on: 2009/5/29 4:55


UK only - Michael Wood on Beowulf (BBC 4)
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This is part of the BBC poetry season.

"Historian Michael Wood returns to his first great love, the Anglo-Saxon world, to reveal the origins of our literary heritage. Focusing on Beowulf and drawing on other Anglo-Saxon classics, he traces the birth of English poetry back to the Dark Ages.

Travelling across the British Isles from East Anglia to Scotland and with the help of Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, actor Julian Glover, local historians and enthusiasts, he brings the story and language of this iconic poem to life."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kpv23

Should be available on the BBC iPlayer service for the next 7 days as well, only for UK visitors though.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/5/28 10:44


Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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I rang the Glasgow office yesterday to ask why I had not been contacted about my 'preorder'. The lady said I was on a phone list for them to ring people.

With growing doubts about the value of 'preordering', the only benefit really for me was that I could get a low 'number' as I preordered as soon as it was announced, I asked the question.

It will come as no surprise to anyone on this board as to the answer, 'Oh we don't do that, you get a number when you place an order and you pay for it, none are reserved'.

I ordered over the phone, but have no email receipt or any confirmation that I have ordered anything.

I am starting to get really fed up with this terrible service from HC.

Posted on: 2009/5/21 7:15


Re: Sigurd and Gudrun Deluxe
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It looks like the final version does incorporate the same flat spine and thinner slipcase boards as the TftPR. Judging from Trotter's photos, I would guess that it was put together by the same binders as the TftPR. Can this be confirmed?


Yes it is Clays who also printed TftPR.

Do you think that Harper Collins needs to hear some feedback regarding their photos? It seems that they consistently release photos of their new deluxe editions that are slightly misleading. I know that many were disappointed when the Super Deluxe CoH did not really look like the photos they posted, and the photos for this book in particular, might deter people who want it to match the rest of their set (not realizing, of course, that it really does match). I know that there are always clammorings for 'sneak-peeks' at the new editions, but if I were David Brawn, I would not release marketing photos until I had something that was accurately representative.


What they have done again makes no sense at all, the current tolkien.co.uk web site shows an incorrect picture of the Deluxe Edition of the book, I could probably sue HarperCollins in respect of the book that I have received does not match the picture on the web site. It is much better but?

If anyone reading this has any HC contacts, I have already suggested that they set up a commitee of Tolkien Fans (from this board) which they speak to about new issues, the web site tolkien.co.uk (which is very poor, how to improve, etc.) and anything else, I really think that having feedback from 100% Tolkien Fans would help the company.

I wish someone from HarperCollins would post on this board to discuss the issues that are raised.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/5/8 6:53


Tolkien letter on Ebay
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I saw this item on Ebay and it is not a published letter in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, no doubts in this case that it is a genuine letter.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tolkien-Signed- ... |301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

Text

PROFESSOR J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Oxford 61639

76 SANDFIELD ROAD
HEADINGTON
OXFORD
August 10th. 1964.

Dear Miss Ward,
My secretary has just discovered your letter of March 23rd. I am sorry that you have been treated with such discourtesy. I was away from March 12 to April 2, but the letter was not forwarded as it should have been. I was taken ill while away, and was out of action during April, and also without a secretary. My correspondence got into great confusion.
I am delighted to hear of your great enjoyment of my book. As for Television, however, I am personally averse to dramatizations of my work, especially of The Lord of the Rings, which is too long for reproduction without severe cutting and editing; in my view destructive, or at best severely damaging to a complicated but closely-woven story. But in such matters the interests of my publishers must be considered. They are in any case primarily concerned in all questions of reproduction by any process (vide the copyright notice).
I think they would be willing to consider proposals for television especially when the plan had proceeded at least as far as an outline of the proposed treatment. If your enthusiasm has not been chilled by my silence, or this reply, and you still think of going further with your ides (sic), I think you should approach Messrs Allen and Unwin in the first instance.
At the moment I am trying to complete work for an overdue contract, and since I am nevertheless obliged to go away till the end of this month, I shall have no time to spare for some weeks. Of course if there is a prospect of a television plan being agreed, I should desire very much to see you and consult you later.

Yours sincerely,

J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted on: 2009/5/7 23:41



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