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Just translating the following (Scottish Dialect):

Quhan deid me tais,
O biri nocht me,
bot sett ilk a bain
in cleir clarré.

Sett ane bottel o bouse
at mi heid and mi foit,
and in rest and in ro
everma i moit.

Which comes out as:

When death takes me,
Oh bury not me,
But set one's bones
in clear claret

Set one bottle of booze
at my head and my feet
and in rest and in ro[?]
ever more I [moit?]

Anyone got any ideas on "ro" or "moit"? The Gothic and Old English Translations were easy, but as usual the pesky Scots threw a spanner in the works!

Posted on: 8/15 22:27:30

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Re: Tolkienshop.com
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Berelach wrote:
Does anyone have any positive/negative experience ordering from TolkienShop.com they'd be willing to share?


Never bought from them. Always looked kind of expensive to me. That said, never heard anything about them either way in terms of good/bad.

Posted on: 8/15 19:24:17


Pocket Hobbits keep getting fatter
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I was in a bookstore in Wellington yesterday and saw the Pocket Hobbit 11th impression, printed by RR Donnelly in China.

Damn thing was close to three times as thick as the first impression (and double the second impession). I didn't photo it, but the black from the front and rear flaps had migrated to the front and rear because the jacket simply wasn't big enough for it's new lardy girth.

I noticed that the Tokien Treasury volumes were looking oddly tubby as well, in particular Tom Bombadil looked like he had been taking steroids.

[Edit: added first impression for comparison]

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Posted on: 8/15 16:12:37

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Re: Damn Hobbits are still breeding
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Berelach wrote:
Nice moves!


Yeah, I don't seem to find much of interest these days, so it is nice to find the odd quality book. Half a dozen books a year to scratch the itch, and I'm more than happy.

There definitely seem to be more and more Hobbits coming onto the market, just not generally priced at where anyone is willing to purchase them. A couple of years back, there weren't any 1967 copies on Abe (for example) and there are currently several. And in terms of 1937 copies with dust jackets, there are loads, just all at very high prices. I definitely feel like prices will continue to soften generally.

I'm not sure if I have the energy to spreadsheet the prices like I did a couple of years ago, sadly -- as it would be quite interesting to see what the difference is in prices and volumes.

Posted on: 8/9 2:34:19


Damn Hobbits are still breeding
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I've purchased too many books lately (albeit still not THAT many -- maybe 4 in three months..). Still, wife has made the odd comment...

Got a nice 1959 Hobbit. Seems unread (still very stiff to open). Has some toning to the jacket, but otherwise better than most. One step closer to catching up with Trotter.

Also picked up a 1969 1st Deluxe LoTR in nice condition. Won't get it until wife's parents come out here later in the year, but was happy with the condition (a bit of damage to one corner of the base of the slipcase. £109 including shipping seemed OK (but not a book I have really tracked price-wise over the years). I'll probably offset the cost by selling my 1972, so I'm considering it a £60 upgrade (or so I will be justifying to wife...)

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Posted on: 8/7 16:15:50

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