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Re: Readers Union Return of the King
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yes, I have a copy of the 6th imp. and the RU editions - p.49 is identical in each.

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I'm not a fan of bullcrap merchants either. Another case is Michael White, who basically copied his biography of Tolkien from Carpenter, except for one 'fact' which he (apparently) made up all by himself; that Tolkien saw a hole in the study carpet and so wrote 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.'

Sadly that nonsense has found its way into another publication; a guide to Oxford. Won't be long before it's as ubiquitous as the 'Perrot's Folly' nonsense that's been floating round for years.

Having said that, I agree - from what I've read, I can't imagine them selling many copies - so not worth my bothering about, really.

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On the contrary, I believe they are saying that they can make up anything they like - let's look at the title. Tolkien as a spy-master? Spy-masters run (or ran) spy-rings, did they not?

It sounds all made-up to me, and that is very much part of the style of this pair.

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Doesn't sound like a very scholarly approach to me. As for the notion of piracy -words fail me.

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IIRC there's been some talk lately of not one but two movies about Tolkien's life. I think one would feature his supposed work as a code-breaker. I wonder if Elan sea are anticipating movie rights to their book?

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