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One of the members of another forum who can read Russian, kindly translated the text on the web page.


The World marks the 120th anniversary of Tolkien’s birth

3 January 2012


It was a New Year story that began the creative work of one of the most original writers of the 20th century. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien created a new genre: “fantasy”, based on the adventures of Santa Claus. At least, this is the opinion of many literary scholars. Today is the 120th anniversary of Tolkien’s birth. His “Lord of the Rings” continues to be read both by children and adults. How did Christmas cards become a masterpiece of European literature? Yelena Gnes’.

“The end? No, life does not end with death. Death is only a continuation of the journey”

Gandalf the Grey Pilgrim, the wise wizard and valiant White Rider, is one of the main heroes of the epic “the Lord of the Rings”. Many Tolkien scholars suggest that his prototype was Santa Claus. He is remarkably similar to the old man with the presents, whom Tolkien described to his children.

Yelena Gnes’ correspondent:

Every Christmas Professor Tolkien write his children letters as if from Santa Claus. He put real stamps on the envelopes and posted them to his own address.

Every letter contained a short story with pictures from the North Pole. There were elves, dwarves and other fairytale creatures that recall the heroes of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” But even the author, when he wrote these letters, did not suspect that by entertaining his children he was creating a whole world called Middle-earth. Tolkien became the father of the fantasy genre out of his love for his children and for philology.

Andrew Ferguson, Tolkienist and Tolkien collector:

He was a philologist, a professor of English language and literature. He was very interested in the origin of words, and aspired to learn independently how to create new languages. In consequence, Tolkien decided to invent a whole new world and people it with beings who would speak in these invented languages.

Tolkien began to write his first masterpiece, “the Hobbit, or There and Back Again”, quite unexpectedly, when marking students’ examination papers

Unfortunately, marking exam papers is a pretty boring job. I took the next paper and found one sheet was absolutely blank. I did not have to mark it. And I wrote straight onto the sheet: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

In a year’s time a film is due to appear on the theme of “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again”. Its director is Peter Jackson, who directed “The Lord of the Rings”. The new picture promises to be as successful.

Andrew Ferguson, Tolkienist and Tolkien collector:

Nowadays, with the development of technology, we have computer games and films based on Tolkien’s work. Nevertheless the best thing is to read his books. It’s not enough to watch Tolkien films – you have to read Tolkien. He is fantastic.

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BTW, the name of the site, "Podrobnosti", means "details". Go, as they say, figure

Tolkienist reminds me of cultist, not sure if that is good or bad

I'd like to point out here that the suggestions in this piece that Tolkien's fantasy is based on Santa Claus, did not come from me.

Posted on: 2012/1/16 22:33


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Ooh, I'm jealous - I have a facsimile of the 1st ed. jacket, and a jacketed copy of the 4th imp; but no example of the 2nd imp. jacket. So thanks very much for the info.

I wonder if anyone would be interested in the blurb for the Foyles Children's Book club edition (1942) ? Here are some excerpts -

'BRITAIN CALLS THE WORLD

- Men, women, and even children, risk imprisonment and death to hear broadcasts from London. They are the inhabitants of the occupied countries of Europe. They do so because they have learned that British broadcasts tell them the truth...

...Full details of all the programmes in English are broadcst from London in Morse every Sunday, and are made available in the Press, almost everywhere, a week in advance..

...FROM LONDON COMES THE VOICE OF BRITAIN - THE VOICE OF FREEDOM'.
(their capitals and italics)

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Beren tweeted about a TV Interview that I did at the end of last year for the Ukrainian TV channel (INTER TV) on Tolkien. The interview was shown on Tolkien's Birthday (3rd January 2012).

You can see it here (dubbed into Russian) but if you look at the link below then you can see below the clip a translation into English of the commentary. If anyone can speak or read Russian I would appreciate a proper translation.

http://translate.google.com/translate ... 2%2F01%2F03%2F813066.html

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Re: The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (Super Deluxe Edition 2009)
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Khamul wrote:
I'm inclined to think this too Stu --but there have been some surprising prices lately (& quite consistently too) on old eBay. People have been paying, what I feel, are quite high prices for fairly non-scarce titles. I note Silmarillion prices, obviously --& standard 1977 editions seem to be trading a little higher than you'd expect. Don't know... I suppose the bottom might really fall out of some parts of the book market.

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I see the odd items going for more than expected (including some of the earlier HC Super Deluxe titles), but for the most part things seem to be dropping. A good example would be the Deluxe HoME books - these are going for way less than 5 years ago. Really high-end items (in the multi-thousands) might not be affected much because those were always purchased by people with more money than brain cells, and those people tend to still have more money than brain cells. I challenge anyone to really see the value of a piece of paper being in the thousands of pounds because someone wrote took a few *seconds* to scribble their name on it. The mid-range stuff seems to be dropping a lot, and the books that are not well priced just sit on eBay month after month.

I'm just enjoying chasing the low-end stuff. Cheap books that are fun to chase and don't hurt the wallet :)

Posted on: 2012/1/15 15:29



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