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Re: Possible unpublished Tolkien letter
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I was successful in placing my order just now, so it appears the site has been fixed.

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Posted on: 7/7 7:23:18


Re: Possible unpublished Tolkien letter
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I've been trying to order a copy through the site, but despite 10 or so tries, I can't get it to accept my order. After I enter my credit card info and hit the button to process the order, it returns to the cart view, and doesn't actually place the order (so far as I can tell).

Had anyone else in the US successfully placed an order?

Thanks,

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(FWIW, using the Safari browser on my Mac)

Posted on: 7/6 17:40:43


Re: New Book Releases
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The advertising copy (e.g. on Amazon.co.uk) says that the LotR of 60th anniversary this set contains "some additional text corrections" to the 50th anniversary text. Is this the case? Or is it in fact just a reprinting of the 50th anniversary text?

Carl

Posted on: 6/25 14:56:51


ABE: Report on the Excavation of the Prehistoric, Roman, and Post-Roman Site in Lydney Park
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On ABE now at a not-outrageous price, especially if you live in the UK:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=12268635741

Carl

Posted on: 2/25 8:23:41


Re: signed?
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I've stared at this for quite awhile, trying to figure out whether Tolkien inscribed it, and what it might say. I've reached no firm conclusions, but will say:

1) I think this could very well have been inscribed by Tolkien. Some of it seems uncharacteristic, but that could be explained by, e.g., having to write while holding the book, etc.; but other details (that final "s", if that's what it is; the "o") are pretty striking.

2) At first I thought it might be written in Tolkien's "New English Alphabet", but I now lean away from that. Instead, I think that the first latter may be ƕ, the "hv-digraph" found frequently in Gothic; and that the last letters might be "dolts" (or "dolīs" or even "dolis"). IF so (and this is a big "if"), the inscription MIGHT be intended as a Gothic, or otherwise-early-Germanic, translation of the name "Tolkien" (< German Tollkühn, 'stupid-clever', 'stupid-brave', 'fool-hardy'). But if so, I can't offer a source or etymology of the initial half of the name, since nothing suitable resembling "ƕara" (if that's what it says) is attested in Gothic (which admittedly doesn't mean much, since Gothic is very sparsely attested compared to most other early Germanic literary languages.)

In all, a very interesting puzzle. I'll keep thinking about this one!

Carl

Posted on: 2/22 6:51:18

Edited by Aelfwine on 2014/2/22 7:15:37



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