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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted on: 2008/10/12 6:26


Re: Books from Tolkien's Personal Library??
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The "[JRRT]" doesn't strike me as either Tolkien's or Christopher's handwriting. The letterforms don't seem quite right. It could easily be, and probably is, just something inserted by a bookseller. (You're right, Stu, it could have been written by anybody.) Of course, dealers like to entice prospective buyers with suggestions that a book might have added value, e.g. initials by JRRT or CRT.

I'm reminded of when I bought a copy of Oxford Poetry 1915 (containing Tolkien's "Goblin Feet"). The seller originally claimed that it was signed by two of the contributors, Tolkien and Aldous Huxley -- very nice if so. But it had already been returned by a Huxley collector, who said that Huxley's name was not in his handwriting; so it was offered to me with the deal that if Tolkien's name wasn't his signature either, I could have the book at half price. I needed only one look at "J. Tolkein" to come to a conclusion. (And a closer look, even with a small sampling, shows that both "A.L. Huxley" and "J. Tolkein" are in the same hand.)

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/12 6:18



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