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A Tolkien Book of Days [HarperCollins 1996]
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I bought a lovely little piece of ephemera today, A Tolkien Book of Days (HarperCollins 1996).

I would be glad for any help on the following questions:

1) Are the contents of this diary exactly reproduced from The Tolkien Diary (Grafton 1992)?

2) Is there any "unique" Tolkien material (or, material that can only be found in very expensive, out-of-print publications) in A Tolkien Book of Days? I'm specifically thinking of the illustrations (since the quotations all seem to come from widely available sources)? I cannot, for example, find the flower reproduced over 13-15 November in my copy of J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator (Hammond and Scull).

3) Across the book are sprinkled some very small illustrations and I wonder if all of these were made by Tolkien (and originally reproduced in Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien, which I sadly don't own yet) - for example the tiny spider and cobweb appearing below 15 March?

4) Anyone happens to know who wrote the short introduction and the "factual" texts appearing on several dates? The only people mentioned in the book are Frank Richard Williamson and Christopher Tolkien, but I suspect neither of these took part in writing these texts (?).

Posted on: 2011/5/30 10:25

Edited by Khamul on 2011/10/1 13:12:32


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Many thanks for the link! It's good to see that The New York Times keep reprinting and adding articles to their "Tolkien Archives".

Posted on: 2011/5/22 12:53


Re: George Allen & Unwin: A Remembrancer on eBay
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Trotter wrote:
Very unusual to see a copy


Yes, I noticed that there are no sellers for the item on either Amazon.co.uk or Abebooks. And there are seemingly no libraries back here in Sweden which include it in their collections.

Nice to at least see a picture of it, though - beautiful cover!

Posted on: 2011/5/22 12:21


Re: Parma Eldalamberon & VT
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Concerning Parma Eldalamberon - I have bought all of the available issues (quite a few issues with original Tolkien content are out of print, sadly).

If I had to choose between only one of the issues, I would buy PE17, "Words, Phrases and Passages in The Lord of the Rings", which is one of the most important posthumously published writings in my opinion.

Unless you're seriously interested in Tolkien's invented languages, PE17 is the true gem among the later PE issues.

Just my two pennies' worth!

Posted on: 2011/5/9 12:52


The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation [1938]
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Some web sites (Tolkienbooks.net and Tolkien Library) include The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation in the JRRT bibliographies.

Tolkienbooks.net lists the work under "Other Credits", saying that "Tolkien helped with 'Introduction Part II - Greek Poetry in Translation'.", and gives 1944 as the publication year.

Tolkien Library gives 1938 as the publication year.

Amazon.co.uk also has 1938 as the publication year, saying it was the 2nd edition.

The Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation is not included in the section "Published Writings by JRRT" in the JRRT Companion and Guide (I'm eagerly awaiting the promised new edition of the JRRT: A Descriptive Bibliography!). Can anyone point me to a published source which includes a description of this book in relation Tolkien's alleged contribution?

Was there an edition of this book published before 1938 (the 1st edition?), and did Tolkien not contribute to this edition?

Thank you!

Posted on: 2011/4/20 14:13

Edited by Khamul on 2011/10/1 13:22:55



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