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Re: Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate
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I've gotten confirmation that he is still Literary Executor - just stepping down as a director (there are many) for the Tolkien Estate. So mostly this is a logistics change for managing Estate decisions.

He did say in the preface of B&L that it is "(presumptively) my last book in the long series of editions of my father's writings".

The Estate was formed in 2011, so I believe the Tolkien Copyright Trust moved there at that time.

B&L for example says

"All texts and materials by J.R.R. Tolkien © The Tolkien Estate Limited 2017

Preface, Notes and all other materials © C.R. Tolkien 2017"

So I assume that the Estate would manage any rights to the Tolkien content in B&L - if someone wanted to make a movie of the Preface and Notes however, they would also need to get Christopher's permission.

Posted on: 11/15 15:50:43
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Re: Bodleian will publish a book of new Tolkien material to coincide with 2018 exhibition
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Have this information to share on the Collector's Edition: "no details are fully confirmed yet but there will be significant differences to represent the price". The details are expected to be made public in January.

Posted on: 11/14 9:20:09
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John Garth's Tolkien and the Great War Kindle edition on sale (today only?)
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John reports that the eBook version of his World War I focused biography is on sale today for £1.99 for those so inclined. Not sure when the price will go back up, could be in just a few hours - sorry for the late notice!

There is no English eBook version in the USA, and it appears other regions are also not on sale - so this is for UK readers only.



Posted on: 11/8 10:07:17
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Re: Bodleian will publish a book of new Tolkien material to coincide with 2018 exhibition
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As the page was pulled down (and will likely change), I wanted to archive what the original text was for the collector's edition. I've added some highights of the "premium" features called out at the time. None of this should be taken as indicating what the edition will actually contain when released. I have been told that the updated webpage for ordering will be back online in January.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth (Collector's Edition)
£275.00
Product Code: BK0002

The collector’s edition of Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is a unique keepsake of the Bodleian Library’s landmark exhibition on the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bound in cloth and hand-finished, the cover reproduces a vignette of the main exhibition image of Bilbo's arrival at huts of the Raft-elves, exquisitely recreated using a silkscreen process. The book is printed with special endpapers reproducing Tolkien’s drawing of Mirkwood.

The collector’s edition contains five unique facsimiles of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work printed on fine Italian paper, including Tolkien’s painting of the dustjacket for The Hobbit, complete with his marginal notes and the original publisher’s comments; two sides of a manuscript page from the Lord of the Rings, one with the drawing of Shelob’s Lair; the Tower of Orthanc, drawn on the back of a student’s exam paper on Chaucer (never before printed showing both sides); the 1936 Father Christmas Letter and Envelope bearing North Pole stamp (one of a series created over twenty-three years for his children), complete with a Christmas Card depicting Polar Bear’s bath which overspills, wetting the children’s gifts on the floor below; and the newly discovered map drawn by Christopher Tolkien, with J.R.R. Tolkien's annotations, from which Pauline Baynes painted her Poster map of Middle-earth.

The facsimiles are all produced to a very high standard, faithfully reproducing every detail of the originals kept in an underground safe in the Bodleian Library. They are presented in a custom-made envelope, bearing the author’s initials, matching the box and the outer carton, which also bear Tolkien’s initials. A six-page leaflet describes and interprets each facsimile item.

Each of the seven authors contributing to catalogue has signed the hand-numbered limitation page, guaranteeing authenticity and making this a truly unique edition for collectors. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies and is expected to be in high demand.

ISBN: 9781851244997

Catherine McIlwaine is the Tolkien Archivist at The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.


The signed limitation page has been confirmed as no longer planned, and in addition the limitation is 600 copies not 500.

Posted on: 11/8 9:41:36
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Re: Bodleian will publish a book of new Tolkien material to coincide with 2018 exhibition
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Just happened across the amazon.com preorder page for the standard hardcover of this - note that often Amazon is unable to fulfill orders for UK books (for example if a US publisher has the rights i.e. HMHCo). There is an amazon.co.uk page as well, but with no ability to pre-order at this time.



Posted on: 11/7 10:18:44
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