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Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Tolkien's 'Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics' is still under copyright; so is Drout's edition of Tolkien's works.

I take issue with the 'copyright evidence' given on that site for a Middle English Vocabulary: I believe Sisam's book has been re-issued, with Tolkien's glossary. The evidence which states that someone looked at a 1922 copy and didn't see a copyright notice is hardly conclusive. I have copies of Sisam,from the 20s and 30s - they don't have copyright notices. Neither do Essays and Studies; nor The Year's Work in English Studies, nor The Review of English Studies. As far as I know, copyright notices were not common in those days.

This begs the question; who holds the copyright? It may be the publication - eg Tolkien was commissioned to write the pieces on Philology: general Works for YWES. But I'd have thought work such as his middle English Vocabulary were Tolkien's copyright, which as I understand it, lasts for 70 years after his death - not 70 or in this case, 87 years after the work was published.

A Middle English Vocabulary is easily available in book form - I see no reason to take it from the web; esp. if copyright is an issue.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 14:53


Re: 3 Tolkien Letters to Higgins
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Thanks for that. :)

Posted on: 2009/7/19 15:17


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Fascinating to see those reproductions of the letters - thanks for that.

Tolkien signed a copy of the India paper LotR (1969) 'To Ding with love from Ronald', and then signed in full 'JRR Tolkien. Ding was the nickname of his cousin Dorothy Wood nee Mountain, daughter of Ronald's Aunt Grace.

Posted on: 2009/7/19 4:44


Re: 3 Tolkien Letters to Higgins
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Tolkien's personal stationary was Basildon Bond for many years (during late 50's and 60's and possibly later).

I'm interested in anything and everything about Tolkien - I hadn't heard this before, so forgive my asking again - can you tell us where this info comes from?

Posted on: 2009/7/18 7:52


Re: 3 Tolkien Letters to Higgins
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Can I ask why you say that the letters ought to have a Basildon Bond watermark?

Posted on: 2009/7/16 14:55



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