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Re: update (sort of)
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Hi Jeremy -

It would seem you have done things the opposite of me. I got back into Tolkien (specifically collecting the calendars although I never stopped re-reading the books) when my youngest went to college. Without the homework tutoring, cross-country meets, and band concerts, I found myself with a lot more time. Best of luck and congratulations to your wife and you on the adoption. Just don't think that your life will ever be the same. It will be better and busier. Share your passions with your child and create your own "Mini Me".

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Phil (Parmastahir)

Posted on: 2006/9/3 19:06


Re: UK Tolkien Diaries
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Hi Trotter -

From the movie "Field of Dreams": If you build it, they will come. It doesn't matter whether anyone here thinks that a diary website would be useful or not. (Even though I think it would be of interest to me. But more on that following.) If you have fun with it, learn anything from it, meet any people with common interests, then you have three good reasons to build it. I built my Compleat Gyde to Tolkien Calendars website for those reasons, and I have not ever regretted it. Although many fellow collectors have asked that I add the diaries to my calendar website. I have not been very much interested in them - no insult to your interest intended as I do have several of them. But I have not actively pursued them as I have the calendars. You might consider expanding your "world" a bit and collect the diaries from "all over". I know of US and Italian issues (and, I think, a Polish one??) I say go for it. Good luck and have fun!

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Posted on: 2006/9/3 18:56


Re: PENCIL&INK DRAWING OF CASTLE SIGNED J R R TOLKIEN
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The auction doesn't state that the artwork is by JRRT. But it is certainly not his in any case. Looks a lot like Rodney Matthews' work. Therefore, one would have to ask "Why would JRRT sign something that is not his work?"

Going to the signature, the JRR part of it is all wrong. He almost invariably did not pick up his pen when writing the JRR. On this item, all three letters are separate. Even more, the downstroke of the R does not finish horizontally.

Lastly, one can just make out the K in Tolkien. JRRT finished the first part of Tolkien with a long upstroke on the K that finished well over the i or e. He would then finish the K with a separate down stroke (which may or may not have continued on into the i - but you can't see the i. So that's moot.) The K on this item is two separate strokes: one for the stem, the other for the < part. It's all wrong.

The seller even states "This needs a lot more research". So I think that the seller is has no clue as to the authenticity of this item. I won't attribute to dishonesty that which is easily explained by ignorance. Still, that does not excuse asking 'a bunch' for an item whose only value is that little scribble in the lower right corner!

CAVEAT EMPTOR!

Posted on: 2006/9/1 18:11


Tolkien Signatures in General
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A bit "after the fact", but still pertinent I believe.

Before any such acquisition, eBay (especially) or not, one should contact the seller and ask for a letter of provenance. If they can not or will not provide one, pass on the item. If the provenance is incomplete or suspect, pass on the item. That letter is critical to prove its authenticity and its value. When you have an authentic item, you hold something that the man held, and it doesn't matter how much you paid (at least for us Tolkien enthusiasts). When you buy a fake, it doesn't matter how little you paid for it. So be cautious and take your time. There will "always" be another such item to consider purchasing.

Here is my experience with a signed item:

I acquired a 1974 calendar signed by the professor. I know, "He passed away in September 1973". However, the calendar was issued in August 1973. I asked for and received a detailed explanation before the auction and a personalized and absolutely wonderful letter from the seller after. You may read it and check out his signature (and a short inscription) on my website:

www.angelfire.com/tn3/tolkiencalendars

Away from the Green Hill Country,

Parmastahir

Posted on: 2006/8/12 5:39


Re: Tolkien Calendar Website Update for July
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It has been a while since I posted. Hope everyone's summer is going well.

I have updated the Calendar of the Month feature on my website. This month's calendar is a particular favorite of mine as I noted on the website. Please stop by! As always, am very interested to hear from you if know of or have any "new" (previously uncatalogued) calendars.

Away from the Green Hill Country,

Parmastahir

Posted on: 2006/8/4 20:04



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