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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland
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Then there's this, for those with a strong stomach -

http://cgi.ebay.com/WHIMSICAL-UNIQUE- ... ain_0?hash=item23051ca6fa

See what I mean? I stick by what I said; Americans - some Americans at least - have not the slightest idea of what is meant by the word 'hobbit'.

Posted on: 2010/3/27 3:57


Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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Laurel writes:

"Also why wouldnt he have signed the books themselves or have i missed something."

I think it would have been unusual for CT to sign the actual books - much easier all round for the publisher to send him a packet of bookplates. Allen and Unwin did the same thing in 1987, when CT signed the first 100 bookplates for the full-leather 'super de luxe' Hobbit. And of course, more recently, CT signed a number of bookplates for the publication of CoH.

Mind you, the super deluxe copies (and those of Sigurd and Gudrun) are signed to the page... I guess CT and Alan Lee may have been sent the sheets to sign?

Posted on: 2010/3/26 3:42


Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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The bookplate is very nice - I have one myself, pasted inside a copy of the Methuen edition, bound in blue leather. (Mine has the inscription, in Christopher's hand, 'With gratitude, Christopher Tolkien').

But ths seller's write-up is nonsense. Stating that Christopher and JRR had a bad relationship, and suggesting that CT went ahead and published TS after JRR's death anyway.

It's nothing short of scandalous.

Posted on: 2010/3/26 3:26


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Point taken - nevertheless, if one looks up 'hobbit' on ebay, one finds a terrific amount of sheer tat which has nothing to do with hobbits, or JRR. And that sort of thing gets up my nose.

And guess where they all originate?

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