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BBC TV on W.H. Auden UK only
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W.H. Auden was associated with Tolkien, to the point that they wrote poems for each other.

I had not realized that in 1972 Auden was offered accommodation at Christchurch College in Oxford, while Tolkien was offered accommodation at Merton College. They both died in September 1973, I wonder if they had much to do with each other in 1972 and 1973?

Why does the poet who began as the golden boy of the 1930s and ended up as the craggy-faced laureate-we-never-had have a greater hold on our imaginations than ever before?
Thirty-five years after his BBC film The Auden Landscape, director Adam Low returns to the poet and his work. Following Auden's surges of popularity from featuring in Four Weddings and a Funeral to being the poet New Yorkers turned to after 9/11, Low reveals how Auden's poetry helps us to have a better understanding of the 21st century and the tumultuous political climate in which we now live. Writers Alan Bennett, Polly Clark, Alexander McCall Smith and Richard Curtis, and poets James Fenton and Paul Muldoon share their passion for Auden and celebrate the potent impact of his work.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/ ... uden-in-an-age-of-anxiety

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Lot 63 (Books and Maps, 26th September 2017)

Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Hobbit or There and Back Again. George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1937, First Edition, First Impression. With frontispiece and 9 plates or illustrations (all but one full-page), map endpapers in red and black by the author., PP310, (ii)publisher’s advertisements. Original Publisher's green cloth, lettered and decorated in dark blue. CONDITION: (Original un-restored condition). Covers little rubbed; inscription to front blank endpaper dated 1937; the frontis has been, crudely coloured which has resulted in light offsetting to title page; otherwise a very good and firm copy. (Only 1500 copies were printed of this first edition, first impression).


Sold for £3,700

Look away now if you are squeamish

I expect the buyer will cut the page out of the facsimile Hobbit and replace this page in the book, the paper would not look right if they did so, would not match the rest of the book.

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Freeman's sale 28th September 2017 UK Hobbit 1st/1st
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Lot 244

(Modern Literature) 1 Vol. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, or There and Back. London: George Allen & Unwin, (1937). First edition, first issue. 8vo, original black-stamped pictorial green cloth, top edge stained green; corners very slightly bumped, minor, negligible dust smudging at edges, minor spotting at edges, dust jacket (unclipped, corners very slightly rubbed and very slightly chipped, small chip measuring 12 x 4 mm at head of spine panel, small chip measuring 3 x 2 mm at head of joint of front panel). With frontispiece, 1 plate, 7 full-page illustrations, 1 illustration in text, map endpapers. One advertisement leaf. Negligible internal spotting, some light creasing to front free endpaper. First state of dust jacket with the misprint "Dodgeson" for "Dodgson," corrected by hand, on rear flap. Near Fine- / Near Fine copy.
Currey p. 476. Collates as complete against Hammond A3a.
Estimate US $20,000-30,000


http://auctions.freemansauction.com/auction-lot-detail/1583/244

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Tolkien Society conference August 2019
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It was announced yesterday that the Tolkien Society will be holding a five day conference in Birmingham, UK towards the end of August 2019. 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Tolkien Society.

They are in the very early planning stages at the moment, and starting to look for speakers.

Middle-Earth Just a Minute, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_a_Minute, from last nights Oxonmoot.

https://www.facebook.com/Oxonmoot/vide ... 367983583/?type=2&theater

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Tolkien and Leeds - The Hobbit author and his time in Yorkshire
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