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Stolen Tolkien Books on Ebay
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You might want to check if you have bought any books from this individual on eBay his name was skech20. The article does not mention whether Harper Collins will try and get the stolen books back, which they could do as eBay knows who the buyers were.

Comic Sells £100K Of Stolen Books On Ebay

Nov 25 2007 By Russell Findlay

Heard the one about the stand-up comedian who stole best-sellers to flog on the web?

A STAND-UP comic faces jail after police smashed his £100,000 scam selling stolen books on eBay.

Gary Little swiped thousands of bestsellers from publishers HarperCollins while working as a forklift truck driver at their warehouse near Glasgow.

He sold the haul - some of it valuable limited editions - online to buyers across the UK at knockdown prices.

The 44-year-old netted at least £100,000.

Police discovered at least £60,000 went through Little's PayPal account but other methods of payment were used.

Police raided Little's flat in Pollokshields, Glasgow, after a probe at the giant warehouse which employs 500 people.

The Bishopbriggs depot distributes 76million books a year to more than 50 countries.

The exact number of print and audio books stolen by Little - who used the eBay identity skech20 - will probably never be known.

One book he sold was the deluxe edition of The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien.

It normally retails for £100 but Little sold it online for £30.

A friend of Little said: "Thousands of books were going out the back door and straight on to eBay. Many of them commanded premium retail prices. So when they were offered cut-price on the internet, there was still good money to be made.

Little was a trusted employee and the scale of what was going on was shocking."

Burly Little started out as a stand-up comedian in 2003 and tours the Scots comedy circuit. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe.

His website says: "His imposing physical stage presence and 'in your face' comedy style belies the depth and range of his humour - from the madness of living with pensioners to coping with depression.

"With a wealth of material covering myriad topics, Gary is guaranteed to get the laughter going, no matter what the occasion or venue, having played gigs as diverse as prisons and birthday celebrations."

Little's operation was smashed in February 2005 but he only pleaded guilty this month at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Following sentencing, the procurator fiscal will lodge an action to recover money from him under proceeds of crimes laws.

http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/scot ... s-on-ebay-78057-20157721/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7133300.stm

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Interesting Tolkien Letter on Ebay
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I have not seen a letter like this before from Tolkien to his secretary Joy Hill, but is interesting to see what he thought of some of his 'fans', I think the 'drugged' reference is very telling.

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TOLKIEN, John Ronald Ruel (1892-1973). A 2pp. holograph letter, written in the third person and sent to his assistant Joy Hill, presumably for her to type and send on, being a response to a letter received from a devoted fan, with a 1p. note of commentary for Ms Hill.
Headington, Oxford, [no date but probably late 1960s]. Together, 3pp. on 2ll. with a printed letterhead, small 8vo (sheet size: 7 x 5 1/2 inches; 178 x136 mm.) [With:] the original letter sent from the fan, Michael Blashka, to Tolkien. East Northport, Long Island, New York, [no date but probably late 1960s]. 4pp. on 4ll, 4to (sheet size roughly: 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 277 x 217 mm.) Blashka apparently writes as interpreter for King Ephedolos, and includes a map of the new kingdom of Eruidor, the King's message in a runic alphabet, with a supplied translation into English. an excellent Tolkien hand-written 2-page reply to "king ephedolod", thanking him for "expressing approval of the historical books so far issued", with the fan's original letter. Altogether, a splendid example of Tolkien's appreciation of a fan trying to entice him into a response (his reluctance to correspond directly with people he did not know is well established). The author of Lord of the Rings regrets not having a publication date available for The Silmarillion nor has he any "clear knowledge of the fate of Frodo or others" who crossed the sea. In the accompanying note to Joy Hill he describes the letter to which he is replying as "A 'cracked' letter. No need, of course, to reply, though (I am afraid) this kind of thing amuses me, since I may be considered rather cracked myself for similar ways). The writer is simple-minded but intelligent; and has at any rate tackled the difficult Angerthas with tolerable success. 'Playing the game' with readers of this sort (if not too time-wasting) is perhaps worthwhile, if only as a means of keeping interest in the L.R. alive among the less fantastical (or drugged) young folk ...".

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This made me laugh
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Another quality Ebay item, with a very unusual signature but I suppose it is what you should expect from someone who dies 16 years before they signed the book.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/THE-HOBBIT-J-R- ... ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

The usual request please report to Ebay, they only seem to do anything about these if a few people complain.

EDIT: I looked at it again and it could be signed by John Tolkien I suppose in which case it may be genuine, are examples of his signature anywhere on the Internet to compare with, I only have examples of Christopher and Michael's signature.

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Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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Out of interest I added up the current prices on Amazon.co.uk for the 4 books in the J.R.R. Tolkien Box Set which is being sold for £200 by HC direct. They are £214 from Amazon with current discounts, both have free delivery.

I do struggle to see who this set is aimed at as I expect most collectors would already have first impressions of these books and will not spend £200 on a second set which really just includes a second slipcase and not even first impression books.

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Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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I have just bought 2 copies on the web site (£350 each) not £300 as earlier stated as I live in the UK. Unfortunately as stated earlier by Harper Collins you can only buy these if you are in the UK mainland or Channel Islands.

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