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Re: Arda Reconstructed conversation
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Nothing like Carl to throw in a few quotes from personal correspondence with CT!

The most interesting part of all is The History of the Silmarillion document that Christopher made post-1977, with all variant readings etc. Stunning revelation I think!

For those who can't be bothered reading the discussion that rattled back and forth between Carl & Doug, here is what Christopher stated in his Estate Report; quoted by Carl (with permission):

In my Foreword to The Peoples of Middle-earth, pp.ix-x, I referred to the forerunner of the History [of Middle-earth] as 'an entirely "private" study, without thought or purpose of publication: an exhaustive investigation and analysis of all the materials concerned with what came to be called the Elder Days, from the earliest beginnings, omitting no detail of name-form or textual variation.' This work, which I called The History of the Silmarillion, and which I began after the publication of my 'constructed' text, runs to more than 2600 very closely typed pages, and it does not even touch on the Second and Third Ages. When the possibility arose of publishing at least part of this work, in some form, it was obvious that it would have to be heavily reduced and curtailed, and the part of The History of Middle-earth dealing with the Elder Days is indeed a new presentation of The History of the Silmarillion, and a severe contraction of it, especially in respect of the sheer quantity of variant manuscript material reproduced in full.

-Christopher Tolkien


The HoME a "severe contraction"! Fascinating stuff...

BH

Posted on: 2009/9/1 2:42
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Re: The wonders of eBay
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Not sure about that one garm...

But here is a pretty surprising price I thought!

The Hobbit Deluxe Edition - Mint condition, still in original plastic wrap...

Fair enough if an item is scarce. But this edition comes up a fair amount on eBay. There doesn't seem to be any need for paying £127...

BH

Posted on: 2009/9/1 2:03
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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Calligraphic_collectables comissioned 39 illustrated copies from Bill Sanderson: 25 standard copies; 10 slipcased copies; and 4 deluxe copies. (eBayer bigfootcomic bought 7 standard & 3 slipcased copies from Calligraphic_collectables.)

All the standard & slipcased copies have the same illustration in them, with '5th May' and Sanderson's signature. The deluxe editions are illustrated differently; not sure if all four are individually unique tho', since this is the first time I've seen one. The deluxe's (obviously) where not sketched on the 5th; however the rest probably were (or thereabouts).

Almost all were pre-sold. Calligraphic_collectables has only sold some standard copies to date on eBay I think (no slipcased copies). Presumably this is the only deluxe one likely to be sold, unless any of the owners move them on very quickly.

The seller (to my knowledge) was in pretty early with his order by phone. He was certainly talking about the deluxe on the Monday (the 18th), before I'd heard anything; so no surprise he has such a low number. '250' is just typo...

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Posted on: 2009/6/6 12:15
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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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I haven't opened mine from bubblewrap yet ( ), but it looks like it's #71 (from the label on the box) -and I ordered at about 3:20 in the afternoon. Go figure...

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Posted on: 2009/5/29 13:36
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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Also, there's no limit (or at least not 2) on orders. I know of someone who ordered 4...

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Posted on: 2009/5/21 15:15
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