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An Interview with Elwë at Telperion Books - new Tolkien bookstore launch

November 21, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 4322)

Telperion Books

Many of you have seen Elwë around the forums here, most recently posting about his new bookstore www.telperionbooks.com. Starting a bookselling business involves a lot of work in building up stock, but more importantly accumulating knowledge about the books and collectors that will be your market. Elwë has done an excellent job getting his store off the ground, and it is well worth a visit for Tolkien collector as well as collectors of other fine Fantasy and SF. I wanted to give a bit of background on Steve and his store, so I had him answer a few questions for all of us, below.

Please note that he is offering a nice 10% discount to all readers, just use the coupon code TCG10OFF when you check out. Happy collecting!

TCG: When did you first discover Tolkien’s writings?

Well, that would technically be back in the late 1970’s when my father first read to
me The Hobbit. I would have been 5 or 6 years old at the time. It wasn’t until I was
a little older that I would read The Lord of the Rings. But honestly, I don’t think I
truly ‘discovered’ Tolkien until I read The Silmarillion in my early 20’s. I was blown away
by the stories in The Silmarillion, and subsequent re-reads of The Hobbit and The Lord
of the Rings got so much better after reading that book.

TCG: Was there one particular book that drew you into collecting?

Yes, it would have to have been the 1999 Harper Collins Deluxe Edition of The Hobbit.
It wasn’t long after buying my copy that I picked up the matching Lord of the Rings and
Silmarillion. I had always loved reading, but having those deluxe editions on my shelf
made me realize how much I enjoyed fine books, not only for the content, but as a piece
of art, if you will.

TCG: Why did you decide to start Telperion Books?

Over the years, my collection grew, and I occasionally found a need to sell books. Most
of the time, I would sell a few books so that I could afford to buy more books. After a
while, I began to realize that I really enjoyed buying and selling, and simply having the
opportunity to see a lot of rare books. However, I grew frustrated with online auctions,
for a myriad of reasons, and decided to look into starting my own web store.

I started my business back in February of this year. It took a little while to get off the
ground, but it’s come along nicely. Telperion Books gives me the opportunity to display
my collection, offer items for sale and trade, and provide a service that is more personal
and friendly than the online auction environment.

TCG: What is your favorite aspect of collecting and dealing Tolkien books?

I really enjoy the details. I love to research, and I am always astounded by just how
much has been uncovered on the early publishing history of Tolkien’s works. These
details are what you need to know as a collector to be successful. I have a deep
appreciation for those who have dedicated so much time to scour archives and records,
and compare countless copies of books to determine all of the defining points. I know
that I owe a lot of lucky finds to the knowledge I’ve gained from such folk.

I’ve met a lot of great people in general through collecting, many through the forum here
at The Tolkien Collector’s Guide. There are some seriously knowledgeable members
here. In my opinion, TCG is the premiere site for serious Tolkien collectors, and an
invaluable resource.

Upcoming Tolkien signatures at auction: Bonhams 22 Nov - Christies 28 Nov

November 21, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 2547)

Bonhams 18992 lot 182

Bonhams Sale 18992

22 Nov 2011

New Bond Street, London

Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs, including the Property of the late Michael Silverman

Lot 182 - TOLKIEN (J.R.R.)
Autograph notes and heavily revised typescript with accompanying autograph letter about a review of Robinson's edition of Chaucer: being his suggested revisions and corrections to the review by his friend and admirer Professor Przemyslaw Mroczkowski OBE of Poland, comprising (i) autograph letter signed to Mroczkowski, about his prose style in the review, 2 pages, 8vo, "midnight 9/10 Nov 1957"; (ii) typescript of Mroczkowski's review heavily annotated by Tolkien, 8 pages, 4to; (iii) autograph supplementary sheets of Tolkien's remarks on the review, 2 pages on one sheet, large 8vo, 1957

Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000
Sold for £5,250 inclusive of Buyer's Premium

Christies Sale 3013

28 November 2011

London, South Kensington

Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including a selection from the Malcolm S. Forbes Jr. Churchill Collection and Photobooks from the Calle Collection

Lot 258 - TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel (1892-1973).
Two typed letters signed and one typed letter without signature to Roger Verhulst and the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Headington, 8 April 1966 - 4 December 1967, in the unsigned letter returning to publishing matters in regard to a memorial volume to Charles Williams [see previous lot], reiterating his objections to a proposed book about him by W.H. Auden, and mentioning work on The Silmarillion, adding rather tartly 'The chief obstacle to its publication is at present the mass of my correspondence'; a letter of 3 May 1966 acknowledges receipt of the Charles Williams volume; in December 1967, Tolkien writes appreciatively about C.S. Lewis's Letters to an American Lady, a copy of which Verhulst had sent him, 'I found them deeply interesting and very moving, and on certain points also to me enlightening', 3 pages, 8vo and 4to; with three related letters.

Estimate £800 - 1,200

Christies sale 3013 lot 257

Christies Sale 3013

28 November 2011

London, South Kensington

Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including a selection from the Malcolm S. Forbes Jr. Churchill Collection and Photobooks from the Calle Collection

Lot 357 - TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel (1892-1973).
Typed letter signed ('J.R.R. Tolkien') to Roger Verhulst, Headington, 9 March 1966, opposing the publication of a proposed book about him by Auden, and quoting his letter to Auden on the subject, 'I regard such things as premature impertinences ... I cannot believe that they have a usefulness to justify the distaste and irritation given to the victim', though he concedes 'I owe Mr. Auden a debt of gratitude for the generosity with which he has supported and encouraged me since the first appearance of The Lord of the Rings'; also discussing his acquaintance with the author Charles Williams, and the broader membership of the 'Inklings', concluding with a firm distinction between a proposed volume of essays on Williams and one about himself, 'a living author whose much more limited work is of quite a different sort, and who is struggling to complete his work, while time is steadily running short, without the distraction of comment or analysis which cannot in the nature of the case be well-informed', a three-line footnote in autograph, 2½ pages, 4to, envelope.

Estimate £2,500 - £3,500

2012 Beyond Bree Calendar Now Available

November 11, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 3541)

2012 Beyond Bree Calendar

Beyond Bree is pleased to present its 2012 Calendar featuring art focused on the Elves of Tolkien's Middle-earth. The calendar features classic art from Beyond Bree's past as well as new works by a host of artists from around the globe, including:

* Paula DiSante
* Sylvia Hunnewell
* Tim Kirk
* Octo Kwan
* Nancy Martsch
* Jef Murray
* Ted Nasmith
* Margaret Purdy Dean
* Daniel Smith
* Cecile van Zon
* Maciej Wignanski
and more!

The theme is "Elves". The 2012 Calendar has both colour and black-and-white pictures, with real world and Middle-earth dates, so it's useful as well as pretty. It is 11 x 8 1/2 inches, opening to 11 x 17 inches.

Pricing: $20 plus shipping - USA $2.00, the rest of the world $5.00.

PayPal orders will also be taken with a $1.00 surcharge. Send PayPal payments (in USD) to: beyondbree@yahoo.com

Send check or money order (in USD, drawn on a US bank) to: Nancy Martsch, PO Box 55372, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, USA; or send currency (at your own risk, in a sturdy envelope).

For more details, please e-mail beyondbree@yahoo.com

Man charged over alleged fake Churchill signatures

November 1, 2011 — wellinghall (Views: 4970)

An antiques dealer has been charged with selling allegedly fake Winston Churchill and J.R.R Tolkien signatures.

Allan Formhals, 65, from Milford on Sea, Lymington, Hampshire, faces 16 charges for offences related to owning and selling books and memorabilia.

The items in question also featured purported signatures from authors including Robert Louis Stevenson.

Mr Formhals has been bailed to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on 14 November.


- wellinghall

The Hobbit new Latin translation coming?

October 24, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 7211)

I was pleased to discover that Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit is scheduled for publication in September of 2012 by HarperCollins. So far there is incredibly little information available on the book beyond the title, except that the author is Mark Walker (author of Latin for Everyday Life and other books on Latin) and that HarperCollins was able to confirm that this is a real and active project in the works.

Is this a translation? That is my guess. I will share more as additional details emerge!

Signed typed letter at RR Auction, closing November 9th

October 22, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 5066)

RR Auction currently has a nice signed letter in their auction 378, item number 655. Thanks to Trotter for pointing it out!


It is currently bid up to $2716 as of November 8th.
Sold Price: $4,339.20

TLS, one page, 8 x 10, February 17, 1963. Letter to Miss Julie Cape. In full, "Thank you very much for your nice letter. I was very pleased that you wrote to tell me you enjoyed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. As for writing more about the same characters, I have written almost all there is to write about them. But I hope you will recognize some of the characters in another book I am busy writing, called The Silmarillion, which I hope will soon be finished. Please give my best wishes to your family and sister, it sounds as if I have many friends amongst them." In fine condition, with intersecting mailing folds, with two small holes at intersections of folds, and one fold passing directly above signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Tolkien, who died in 1973, never finished The Silmarillion. It was edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher, in 1977. The Silmarillion tells the history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, the world in which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are set. A magnificent letter mentioning all three of Tolkien's great works. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

Four new books from Crescent Moon

October 19, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 3713)

Tolkien - The Books, The Films, The Whole Cultural PhenomenonJ. R. R. TOLKIEN - THE BOOKS, THE FILMS, THE WHOLE CULTURAL PHENOMENON

A new critical study of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other books.

This new analysis by Jeremy Mark Robinson explores Tolkien's major writings (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth volumes), Tolkien and fairy tales, the mythological, political and religious aspects of Tolkien's Middle-earth, the critics' response to Tolkien's fiction over the decades, the Tolkien industry (merchandizing, toys, role-playing games, posters, Tolkien societies, conferences and the like), Tolkien in visual and fantasy art, the cultural aspects of The Lord of the Rings (from the 1950s to the present), Tolkien's fiction's relationship with other fantasy fiction, such as C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter,and the TV, radio and film versions of Tolkien's books, including the new Hollywood interpretations of The Lord of the Rings.
The 2001-03 Hollywood films are discussed in great detail, with a scene-by-scene analysis of each film (including the extended cuts, and omissions, additions, alterations, etc). This new book draws on contemporary cultural theory and analysis and offers a sceptical but sympathetic and illuminating account of the Tolkien phenomenon. This book is designed to appeal to the general reader (and viewer) of Tolkien: it is written in a clear, jargon-free and easily-accessible style. It is also one of the most detailed explorations of Tolkien's writing - this study is almost as long as The Lord of the Rings!

The second edition has been completely updated and rewritten.

820pp Illustrations, bibliography, notes

ISBN-13 9781861712804 £30.00 / $50.00 PAPERBACK

ISBN-13 9781861713209 £50.00 / $75.00 HARDBACK

Tolkien's Heroic QuestTOLKIEN'S HEROIC QUEST by Robert Rorabeck

A new critical study of J.R.R. Tolkien, concentrating on some of his lesser known works, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son and The Battle of Maldon, as well as well-known works such as The Silmarillion and Tolkien's Middle-earth legends.

ISBN-13 9781861712394 £15.00 / $24.00

J. R. R. Tolkien: Pocket GuideJ.R.R. TOLKIEN: POCKET GUIDE

by Jeremy Mark Robinson

A new guide to the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien, the premier British fantasy author of the 20th century, and his great works: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. This guide is clearly written for the general reader, offering an all-round introduction to this hugely popular writer.

Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; André Gide; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.

Bibliography, notes 284pp

ISBN 1-86171-2782 £15.00 / $24.00

The Lord of the Rings MoviesTHE LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIES by Jeremy Mark Robinson

A pocket guide to the Hollywood adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The book tells you everything you need to know about these very popular films, from writing the script through casting and financing, to shooting and performances, to visual effects, editing and theatrical distribution.

The pocket guide includes discussions of every single scene in the three movies, including the Special Extended Editions (including some key individual shots). There are sections on the all of the important differences between The Lord of the Ring book and the movies (including numerous details), as well a chapter exploring the additions and the omissions. Looks at behind the scenes stories, and also the critical response to the movies.

There are chapters on the visual effects, on the casting and key personnel of the movies, on the studio and the financing of the films, on the music and sound, and the marketing and release of the movies in 2001-2003 (including the home entertainment releases on DVD and video). There is also a chapter on the critical response to the movies.
There is also an appendix on other adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books.

Jeremy Robinson has written many critical studies, including Steven Spielberg, Arthur Rimbaud, Jean-Luc Godard, and The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, plus literary monographs on: J.R.R. Tolkien; Samuel Beckett; Thomas Hardy; André Gide; Robert Graves; and Lawrence Durrell.

Bibliography, notes 284pp

ISBN 1-86171-2790 £15.00 / $24.00

Two new Ted Nasmith originals for sale at ADC

October 12, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 4057)

Andy sends along these nice Tolkien images now available to purchase - “Barrel Rider” and "Beorn, Lord of the Wild". The works of art from Ted Nasmith are now available to purchase at adcbooks.co.uk or adcart.co.uk.

"Barrel Rider" is 18 inches x 24 inches framed, and is listed for £4000.

"Beorn, Lord of the Wild" is 28 inches x 26 inches and is listed for £5000.

Want the Marathi translation of The Hobbit?

October 10, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 3834)

Just a month or so ago, it was announced that The Hobbit was officially available in India, translated into Marathi. For a wonderful interview with the publisher and translator, please see This TolkienLibrary.com article.

Due to the current difficulty in obtaining this book if you do not live in India yourself, TolkienGuide.com has placed an order for multiple copies that I should have in hand before the end of the year. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please send an email to webmaster@tolkienguide.com to reserve a copy, no pre-purchase required. The price is expected to be $30 (or less if I can manage it) including shipping to the USA - slightly more if you are elsewhere in the world. Note that www.hobbithunterbookshop.com also has copies they expect to have around the same time. I will update this article as additional sources become available for this title.

UPDATE Oct 28th: The Hobbit Hunter now has copies available. Henk says "At this moment I have 5 copies of this hobbit for sale. The price is EUR 26,00 plus postage (Netherlands EUR 2,76, Europe EUR 6,89, rest of the World EUR 16,15 (yes, that's pretty high!)). The book weights plm. 800 grams. If you want to order a book, you can contact me. But, as we say in Holland: OP = OP!"

My copies are still en route, I will share further updates soon.

Mythlore Fall 2011 Contents announced

September 28, 2011 — Urulöké (Views: 5296)

Issue 114/115, Volume 30, Number 1/2, Fall/Winter 2011.

192 pages.

Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” Seventy-five Years Later
Michael D.C. Drout

Thresholds to Middle-earth: Allegories of Reading, Allegories for Knowledge and Transformation
Andrew Hallam

The Pearl Maiden’s Psyche: The Middle English Pearl and the Allegorical-Visionary Impulse in Till We Have Faces
T.S. Miller

Is a “Christian” Mystery Story Possible? Charles Williams’s War in Heaven as a Generic Case Study
Sørina Higgins

Into the Lion’s Den: Joy Davidman and Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer
Don W. King

Christian, Norse, and Celtic: Metaphysical Belief Structures in Nancy Farmer’s The Saxon Saga
Marek Oziewicz

The Great War and Narnia: C.S. Lewis as Soldier and Creator
Brian Melton

The Lord of the Rings’ Interlace: The Adaptation to Film
Emily Auger

The Making of a Mystic: New and Selected Letters of Evelyn Underhill. Ed. Carol Poston. Reviewed by Joe R. Christopher.

From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey Through Myth and Legend. By Valerie Estelle Frankel. Reviewed by Janet Brennan Croft.

The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy: Wicked Wisdom of the West. Ed. Randall E. Auxier and Phillip S. Seng. Reviewed by Ruth Berman.

C.S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid: Arms and the Exile. Edited with an Introduction by A.T. Reyes. Reviewed by Richard C. West.

The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and The Lord of the Rings. Edited by Paul E. Kerry. Reviewed by Harley J. Sims.

Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern 1.2 (2010); Journal of Inklings Studies 1.1 (March 2011); VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review 27 (2010); and Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review 7 (2010). Reviewed by Janet Brennan Croft.

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