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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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garm wrote:
Stu wrote -

"AL & EC/RL do really deserve a bit of a bashing for this and all their infractions over the years. The art of RL (generally) is one such infraction** and [allegedly] reviewing their own books is, of course, another. "

Nothing alleged about it - Ruth/Elizabeth praised her own work in a letter to the bullettin of the Tolkien Society, Amon Hen (no.197, page 30.) Ruth is talking about Tom Bombadil and his place in Tolkien's writings, and finishes with:

'There's an excellent discussion of this (and much, much more...) in A. Lewis and E. Currie's book 'The Uncharted Realms of Tolkien', which has a chapter on Tom Bombadil... by far the longest , most detailed and thought-provoking analysis of the character that I have seen.
Yours, Ruth Lacon'.



Yep, I just used the "allegedly" for legal reasons. Based on UK libel laws, you need to throw at least 5 "allegedlys" into every sentence. Allegedly.

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Mark, I actually do agree with you that putting a link back to this thread on your FB page was bad form, and I can personally see why you deleted it. It is your page, so you get to delete what you like - them's the rules. I think a correction posted to your page (rather than the thread link) would have sufficed - at which point you could obviously have corrected your initial post or left the correction in place.

Most of the posters on this site have forgotten more about Tolkien and his works than I have ever known (well actually, that isn't true - they haven't forgotten any of it), and there is perhaps a tendency for people to get more irate than strictly necessary when they see mis-information posted. Some of your own prior postings, coupled with emails that have ended up in the public domain have also perhaps made some of the regulars on this site feel a little less warmly towards you than they might otherwise have felt. The internet is like that - it is easy to irritate people with what you write, especially if you are careless with the words you choose.

Let's all just enjoy the books and try and learn from each other in peaceful co-existence :)

That said, eBay listing bashing really is fair game, I think. Excessively priced or inaccurate descriptions will always get noticed and commented upon, I suspect. After all, this thread is 85 pages long, and any seller is fair game if their listing doesn't stack up.

Peace,

Stu

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Khamul wrote:
Now now garm --we don't want you starting on poor old AL (& EC/RL)...

BH


Ok, I'll do it then seeing as Garm has been put under house arrest for unauthorised MF bashing.

The book in question is undoubtedly a turd and AL & EC/RL do really deserve a bit of a bashing for this and all their infractions over the years. The art of RL (generally) is one such infraction** and [allegedly] reviewing their own books is, of course, another.

S.

** However, I do accept that art is a matter of taste, so I certainly won't be calling for RL to be locked-up when my dream of creating a totalitarian brave new world (controlled by me) comes to fruition. I would probably be sentencing her to 6 months community service, though. Cor Blok would even be allowed to help her.

Just Jokes - I actually quite like Cor Blok.

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Trotter wrote:
Someone pointed out this thread on Mr Faith's Facebook advertising page, and in the interests of honesty the post was deleted and now it states "Please do not post links to other Tolkien information sites without advanced permission. Thanks."


"advanced permission", indeed. I guess you just need "normal permission" if you want to post something that he agrees with.

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And then there is the misprint copy of "Black and White Ogre Country" that he has listed for GBP 125.

"Gilt on book spine is double stamped, a rare misprint"

Last time I looked, misprints do not add to the value of a book. We aren't talking rare stamps here...

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