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Re: Dear Reverend Father
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The envelope is addressed not only to "Professor" but to "Rev. Professor" (indeed, to "Rev. Professor Dr."). The "Rev." in addition to the postmark date makes it very suggestive.

If the envelope does belong with the letter, it would seem, then, that they once had a common owner but were separated in the marketplace. Such things do happen.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 7:31


Re: Dear Reverend Father
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Beren, by chance did you acquire this letter from the same source as the Arthur Tolkien card you show in another post? Because I find it interesting that the envelope written by JRRT but now associated with the Arthur Tolkien card has a postmark with the same date -- 27 September 1936 -- as the letter to "Reverend Father". If this envelope and the letter in fact are meant to go together, then the letter is to the Reverend Professor Aurelius Pompen, Professor of English at the Catholic University of Nijmegen.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 5:04


Re: Tolkien signature
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The Bloomsbury listing on eBay shows that the auction ended with a bid of GBP150, but 0 bidders and 0 bids. It's a poor system that can't, for technological reasons, withdraw an item before the sale, or at least add a note stating that there are questions of authenticity. Since this piece no doubt will endure in Web archives, one can only hope that future researchers also come across our exchange about it.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/21 4:13


Re: Tolkien Dedication
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It looks okay to me too.

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Posted on: 2008/10/21 4:03


Re: Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull reading
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We had eleven people in the audience, besides the two who own the bookshop. Not many, but appreciative. Christina read part of the Chronology section of our Companion and Guide on Tolkien's trip to Venice and Assisi, and part of the Reader's Guide entry on Environment, while I did the introductions and read the Popularity subsection of the Reader's Guide entry on The Lord of the Rings.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/12 6:26



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