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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


Re: Elvish button
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In (highly idiosyncratic) tengwar, it apparently intends to say, "May the hair between your toes grow and grow."

Posted on: 2013/9/1 13:36


Re: A Spring Harvest
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It appears to be an exact relisting, from the same seller, of the copy I tried to buy before. I slammed a buy right on it, but I expect I'll be told it was a mistaken relisting.

Posted on: 2013/8/6 6:10


Re: Lucky finds
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That is a good deal. Had I seen it, I would have bought it.
If I didn't already have one.
Signed.


Posted on: 2013/6/14 19:38


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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251289450653

Light toning to spine and wrappers, but otherwise in tight, like-new condition with uncut pages.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 7:11



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