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Re: Postcard addressed to Tolkien found
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I had look at the picture of the 'priceless' postcard on Beren's website.

I agree that it is not from Lin Carter and looking at the text it could be from any one of Tolkien's friends or acquaintances.

The date on the stamp appears to the 9th July 1968 and the first line is
"I have been thinking of you a lot hoping everything has gone as well as could be expected in the most difficult circumstances."

I had a look at Hammond's Tolkien Companion and Guide (Chronology) for this period to see what the writer could be consoling Tolkien about.

Quite a lot happened in Spring and Summer of 1968 to Ronald and Edith. They moved from Sandfield Road in Oxford to Bournemouth/Poole at the time of the post-mark on the card.

Tolkien broke his leg on the 17th June and and had an operation and received a lot of sympathy cards from well-wishers, of which this is one.

Posted on: 2008/7/13 1:16


The Book Guys Radio Show
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3rd July 2008 - Glen Goodknight on "The Inklings," a group of fantasy writers that included Tolkien, and CS Lewis...

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Posted on: 2008/7/12 0:29


Beowulf - Illustrated by John Howe
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Found this book on Amazon The Legend of a Hero Beowulf Illustrated by John Howe Retold by Nicky Raven.

I bought the slipcased version and the illustrations from John are fantastic as always and very reminiscent of his Tolkien work.

The Professor gets a brief mention at the end in John's notes on the book.

Posted on: 2008/6/10 12:36


Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Microsoft have been assisting libraries with scanning of books that are now out of copyright at books.live.com.

I did a search for Tolkien and found that a copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary" has been scanned and is free to download as a PDF file, you can also search the book as it has been run through OCR software.

I don't own this book, so it is very nice to be able use it as a reference book.

You can download it here.

Posted on: 2008/5/26 0:11


Re: The Inklings Archives
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When I bought this I was asked to keep it a secret, but Nigel has put the secret recording mentioned earlier in these posts on Ebay, which puts it in the public domain.

It is limited to 10 copies (2 must be left) and I thought it was definitely one of the most interesting recordings from The Inklings Archives.

Microphones in Middle-Earth

'Microphones in Middle-Earth', a CD of talks given at Church House, Westminster, in March 1981, on the BBC radio dramatisation of Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'. Speakers are: Brian Sibley and Michael Bakewell, co-adapters; Penny Leicester, co-producer; Stephen Oliver, composer; David Collings, actor (Legolas), and Peter Woodthorpe, actor (Gollum). The original recording was made by Nigel Sustins, then Manager of Church House Bookshop (on tape, converted to digital format).

Posted on: 2008/5/21 10:01



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