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Re: Tolkien Signature on ebay
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A very interesting letter written on Tolkien's birthday in 1969. I love the way that he states in the letter that he now lives by the sea but does not disclose the location, though the postmark may give a bit of a clue

I am also very envious that he sent them five signatures in total.

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Posted on: 7/11 4:26:30


Tolkien in Oxford, additional 95 minutes of Tolkien
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http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/writing-hobbit-perilous-quest

Dr Stuart Lee states in his 3rd June 2015 talk, that additional footage of Tolkien has been found from what was recorded in the 1968 Tolkien in Oxford BBC TV program (http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/writers/12237.shtml), an additional 1 hour 30 minutes.

Any suggestions on how we can get to view this footage, the BBC will own the rights to the material?

I am making the assumption that the additional material is from Leslie Megahey, the producer of the BBC 1968 Tolkien in Oxford program, but may be wrong.

Posted on: 7/10 7:01:50

Edited by Trotter on 2015/7/10 7:17:38


Re: Readers Union Return of the King
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Thanks, I thought as much but it is nice to have confirmation

Posted on: 7/6 6:01:07


Readers Union Return of the King
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I was looking at Deagol's article on "The First Impression of
The Return of the King
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http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/1st-rotk.php

and then compared it with my Readers Union The Return of the King.

My copy has some slipped text on Page 49 but no signature mark '4' at the bottom of the page.

Does anyone have a 6th Impression GA&U The Return of the King which I think is the same printing and can compare with the Readers Union edition to see if page 49 is the same in both versions?

Posted on: 7/5 7:50:03


Re: New Book Releases
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http://www.tolkiensociety.org/2015/07 ... ok-the-story-of-kullervo/

"HarperCollins have officially announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Story of Kullervo will be released in an edition edited by Verlyn Flieger on 27th August this year.

“The Story of Kullervo” was written by Tolkien in 1914 and was his own reworking and re-imagining of part of the tale of the Finnish saga Kalevala. The story is significant in the development of Tolkien’s legendarium as it provided the basis for Túrin Turambar, a tragic hero of The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin.

Verlyn Flieger, who has also edited Smith of Wootton Major and Tolkien On Fairy-stories, first published “The Story of Kullervo” in 2010 in Tolkien Studies: Volume 7. This edition, available in hardback for £16.99 on the 27th August, follows the similar publications of The Fall of Arthur, Beowulf and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. The official information from the publishers states:

Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.

Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates.

Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’, and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’. Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to it being a powerful story in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Kalevala – is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
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Posted on: 7/2 22:38:03



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