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Tolkien Reading Day - March 25 2021

Feb 21 - By Urulókë

Arise now, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Dire deeds awake, dark is it eastward.
Let horse be bridled, horn be sounded!
Forth Eorlingas!

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Art by Norloth, used with permission

With the permission of HarperCollins and the Tolkien Estate, we shall once more go into the breach with fantastic day of hosting wonderful readings of Tolkien's works from guests around the world. Last year we hosted a fifteen hour marathon session. Plans are being worked on for this year as well - perhaps not as epic as last year, but it will be fun and certainly less "last minute". The Tolkien Society will also have events throughout the day that our event will be scheduling around, and news of other Tolkien Reading Day events will also be shared and promoted.

Watch this space for more info soon. Please reach out if you are interested in participating.
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Tolkien Society Collector's smial gathering, March 13th

Feb 21 - By Trotter

More info on the Tolkien Society's Collecting Smial. Please note that you have to be a member of the Tolkien Society to attend. If you have not joined then you should

Collecting smial, with Ted Nasmith - 13 March
On Saturday, 13th March join us once again for a casual online gathering where we will discuss the myriad "ins and outs" of collecting Tolkien. Everyone from the complete novice to seasoned veterans are welcome, with topics from the occasional vintage rarity to be shown all the way to a conversation with artist Ted Nasmith who has a new edition of the Illustrated Silmarillion releasing on March 18th.
This takes place this Sarurday 13th March and will be hosted by Society member Jeremy Edmonds:
• 8.00am (Sunday), New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+13)
• 6.00am (Sunday), Australia Eastern Daylight Time (UTC+11)
• 9.00pm, Eastern European Time (UTC+2)
• 8.00pm, Central European Time (UTC+1)
• 7.00pm, Greenwich Mean Time/Western European Time (UTC)
• 4.00pm, Brasilia time (UTC-3)
• 2.00pm, Eastern Time (UTC-5)
• 1.00pm, Central Time (UTC-6)
• 12 noon, Mountain Time (UTC-7)
• 11.00am, Pacific Time (UTC-8)
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'Quiet, CS Lewis is on': why subject of new film could be right for now

Feb 15 - By Trotter

Now Stone has returned to Lewis with a new drama called The Most Reluctant Convert. Set before the 1950 publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first of The Chronicles of Narnia series, the film focuses on the turmoil of Lewis’s emotional and intellectual journey from atheism to Christianity.

Tom Glenister,, plays J.R.R. Tolkien in the film. ... MP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

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Dominic Winters Auctions 21st January 2021

Dec 19, 2020 - By Trotter

On Line Auction that has some Tolkien Items

Lot 614: * Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel, 1892-1973).


  • Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel, 1892-1973). English Writer, Poet, Philologist, and Academic. Autograph Letter Signed, 'JRR Tolkien', 1 Alfred Street, St. Giles, Oxford, 17 March 1920, to Miss Duncan, enclosing a 'mixed bag' of 50 possible examination questions on the Old English period and lamenting his general lack of time for anything, 'They are not intended to be models of clear questioning, but to suggest enquiries. The easily available critical writings that might help are all too few. I hope some time to make out something like a select bibliography, but I am enormously pressed for time this vacation...', neatly written in blue ink, light horizontal fold crease, 2 pp., small 8vo (14.5 x 11 cm), together with the 3-page folio typescript referred to, entitled 'Old English Literature Questions (miscellaneous)', with many annotations by Tolkien in his holograph, upwards of 37 words together with numerous minor emendations correcting mistyping and adding accents to various old English words, one annotation in an unidentified hand, a little creasing and marks to upper left corners where previously stapled, 3 leaves, 4to

Qty: (2)

This early letter was written 3 months before Tolkien was interviewed and ultimately appointed as reader in English language at Leeds University; a post that was later converted into a professorship.

Auction Link

Estimate: £2000-£3000 (GBP)
Sold for £11500

The envelope is being sold separately for this item as part of Lot 630, sold for £860

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Lot 891: Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, 2nd edition, 5th impression, 1951



Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, 2nd edition (5th impression), London: George Allen & Unwin, 1951, colour frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers, top edge green, original green pictorial cloth, dust jacket, spine a little toned, a few small chips and tears, 8vo


A good copy of the 2nd edition, the 5th printing overall, and notable for the revisions by Tolkien to chapter 5, 'Riddles in the Dark'. As Tolkien was writing The Lord of the Rings he became aware of the inconsistencies in the character of Gollum, who originally was less demented and corrupted by his association with the Ring, and therefore at odds with his desperate obsession with the Ring in Lord of the Rings, hence the substantial revisions to chapter 5 in this present edition.

Auction Link

Estimate : £500-£800 (GBP)
Sold for £1800

Lot 897: Tolkien (J.R.R.) The History of Middle-Earth, 12 volumes, 1984-1996



Tolkien (J.R.R.) The History of Middle-Earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, 12 volumes, London: George Allen & Unwin/Unwin Hyman/HarperCollins, 1984-1996, comprising volume 1 4th impression, volumes 2-12 1st editions, original cloth, dust jackets, printed price to front flaps of volumes 3 & 5-12, slight fading to a few spines, 8vo, together with duplicates of volumes 1, 2, 4 & 6-9 all 1st editions (except volume I, 7th impression, 1988)

Auction Link

Estimate : £300-£500 (GBP)
Sold for £1000
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