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Interesting article about WWI and Tolkien
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Sir Martin Gilbert put an article up at The Cutting Edge News. In it, he remembers sitting next to Prof. Tolkien at Oxford forty-four years ago, and Tolkien talking of his memories of World War I and the Somme.

Gilbert has published a book titled The Somme: the Heroism and Horror of War, and in this article claims that Prof. Tolkien was the first eye-witness account he heard of the battle.

Posted on: 2008/8/26 16:40
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FANGORN auctions on eBay
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TG member Fangorn is currently running some auctions on eBay, including some nice old art prints and a Bulgarian LOTR.


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Sir Derek Jacobi and Farmer Giles
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I was listening more closely than usual to my copy of Sir Derek Jacobi's audio reading of Farmer Giles of Ham, and I noticed right at the beginning (in the space of two sentences) he says Giles with a hard G and then with a soft G. (First same "g" sound as "guilt", second "j" sound as "jump").

Does anyone else pronounce it with the hard "g" sound? I assume the "j" sound is the accepted pronunciation?


Posted on: 2008/8/24 21:20
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Re: Gold Hobbit - how to recognize 1st ed/1st printing
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Here is an image for you of the lower (rear) board of a book club version of this book. Note that I have seen some where the blind-stamp is not colored, it is just an indentation in the gold faux leather, but this is a good example that really makes it stand out. Note that the spine is on the right in this photo.

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Posted on: 2008/8/23 23:03
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Silmarillion 1st Collector's edition on eBay
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Another seller that I am not affiliated with, but they have copy #117 of the 1000 first UK collector's edition of The Silmarillion.


Posted on: 2008/8/21 11:49
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