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Re: Tolkien the spy?
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See our J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology, pp. 224 (January 1939, Tolkien agrees to work in the cryptography department of the Foreign Office in the event of war), 226 (27 March 1939, Tolkien begins a four-day training course), 232 (October 1939, Tolkien is informed that he will not be required to work as a cryptographer). See also Letters, note for letter 35, p. 436.

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Posted on: 2009/9/16 5:23


Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Our copy of the super de luxe edition arrived here in Massachusetts yesterday, 5 June. We had reserved a copy as soon as it was possible to do so, though it's not clear if that affected the copy number received (48). After there was no contact from HarperCollins' customer services as promised by their e-mail of 19 May, we put an order through their website on the 24th. Despite having paid by credit card, and the amount had cleared the bank, on 3 June we received an invoice from HarperCollins for the full amount of the book, plus GBP4.99 postage as expected, as well as a surprise GBP7.44 "DHL Post Charge". On querying this, we were told that the extra charge was in error, and that we would receive the book within 14-21 days. Happily, it didn't take that long, and the book was well wrapped and in a sturdy box. It came by DHL to the U.S., then by regular post.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2009/6/6 20:08


Re: HarperCollins update
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Christina and I also bought our copy of the new Tree and Leaf through the Book Depository. It arrived quickly, was well packed, and has the correct (new) cover. We use the Book Depository most of the time now for U.K. book orders, though Amazon.co.uk sometimes has the edge in availability and price.

Wayne

Posted on: 2009/3/15 20:09


Re: HarperCollins update
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The link has been repaired. Someone must watch this forum! If so, they should also note that the main Tolkien page has a link purporting to be to The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, which is actually only to "Vol. 2" (really Vol. 1), the Chronology. Neither the other separate volume, the Reader's Guide, nor the boxed set appears in the "Tolkien and Middle-earth" category in which the Chronology is shown. One can find all of these, not in the "official Tolkien bookstore", but only by a search through the main HarperCollins site -- where, however, the boxed set is dated "November 2008" (actually 2006), the Chronology is correctly listed as Vol. 1 but has a picture and description for the Reader's Guide, and the Reader's Guide is correctly listed as Vol. 2 but has a picture and description for the Chronology. Sigh, indeed.

Wayne and Christina

Posted on: 2009/3/13 4:57


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Sorry this is taking so long. I'm having to convert the Tolkien Collector's very old desktop publishing files through a program of intermediate vintage so that they'll work with current software, fonts, and printer settings. This is slow going, not so much in the conversion itself but in cleaning up formatting and page breaks altered in the process -- and doing so while also having other jobs to do. Christina and I will make an announcement here (and on our web site) when back issues are ready.

Wayne

Posted on: 2009/2/1 15:42



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