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"Introduction to Elder Edda" by Tolkien?
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While browsing on internet, I found a cover (which I've never seen before) of a book apparently entitled Introduction to [The?] Elder Edda: A Selection translated from the Icelandic by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited[?] by Peter H. Salus and Paul B. Taylor.

The book doesn't turn up on Amazon - anyone knows anything about this book? Is it a "real" cover or just a fan creation?

The cover looks a bit typographically similar to that of this book:

"The Elder Edda: A Selection translated by Paul B. Taylor and W.H. Auden" at Amazon.co.uk

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Posted on: 2011/3/6 8:08


Re: "A Middle English Vocabulary" scam
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Thank you Trotter and Aelfwine for the clarifications and suggestions.

So, if I understand the situation correctly, the copyright of the original publication has expired. Would this then mean that the work can be reprinted in whatever way and by whoever, without the approval of the Tolkien Estate/Tolkien Trust?

If this is the case, then why do the publishers market the book as written by "J R. R. 1892-1973 Tolkien" - just out of ignorance? Or is it a strange attempt to elude legal actions?

In any case, IMO it would be nice, as Beren states on Tolkien Library, to see a "proper" reprint, using the original cover. While I see the great value of free pdfs, I don't trust that everything is rendered 100% correct in such copies (e.g., diacritics are often missing). (edit: I saw that the link Trotter provided also included a scan of the whole publication)

Posted on: 2011/1/20 12:06

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"A Middle English Vocabulary" scam?
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I just came from reading the new post on Tolkien Library concerning a pirate reprint of A Middle English Vocabulary.

A middle English vocabulary by J R.R. 1892-1973 Tolkien?

It's sad news indeed!

Beren mentions that the original book was published in 1923 - does this actually make the book a part of the "public domain" (at least in some countries)? Could we therefore hope for better reprints? (Unfortunately, not everyone has the money to buy the original!)

Posted on: 2011/1/20 5:55

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LotR, ninth impression 1974
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Maybe you're all tired about these kind of questions, but I just found this offered for a sale in Sweden (and few such items turn up around here):

The Lord of the Rings, three volumes, ninth impression 1974

George Allen & Unwin LTD, London, England. Close to new condition, never read.

Price: 600 SEK (about 58 GBP)

Do you reckon the price is reasonable?

Posted on: 2010/10/25 15:05


Re: Some Moseley Personalities Volume 1
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Reading this thread a couple of days ago, I went to the web site of the Moseley Society and ordered the publication (vol. 1). It just arrived with the mail today, so yes, they still have some volumes left for purchase.

Posted on: 2010/9/13 15:12



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