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Christopher Tolkien signature
By Dior

Christopher Tolkien signature

Dec 12, 2008

I'm interested in what everyone thinks of ths signature. I have a British Edition of the Sil signed very much like this one. I picked it up quite cheaply, gut I was unsre of the signature. Your thoughts?


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Dec 21, 2008
I wouldn't mind seeing the pic(s) as well! (as a side note, let me know what kind of image upload troubles you had, perhaps there is something I can fix. It may just be that your image was too large relative to the max file size I currently have set, but I can increase that now that spam is more under control).

Back on the authenticity question, I have a copy signed by CT of the US Monsters and Critics that looks identical to yours (given the very low-res scan from eBay) that has excellent provenance. CT was a guest at the Marquette event back in 1987 and signed quite a few items there for people. I would guess yours is perfectly legit with the evidence available.
Dec 21, 2008
Here is a sample of his signature from 2004. Hope this helps.


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Dec 22, 2008
Dior sent me his picture from the Lucius auction, seen below.

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Dec 30, 2008
When I asked Christopher at the Milwaukee Mythcon in 1987 to inscribe two books for me, he signed one with his more calligraphic signature (“Christopher Tolkien”) and the other with his quick signature (“C.R. Tolkien”), pointing out that he uses both. He always signs letters, etc. to Wayne and me with his full signature. Our signed 1982 Silmarillion also has the full signature, as did the souvenir cards Christopher signed for attendees of the Tolkien Centenary Conference in 1992. But our copies of the signed Children of Hurin, de luxe and super de luxe, both have “C.R. Tolkien”. We also have a volume of The Year’s Work in English Studies once owned by Christopher, who signed it in a very neat calligraphic hand “CJRTolkien” (I verified that this was Christopher’s copy by writing to him; he had sold it after acquiring his father’s copy of the same volume).

Jan 5, 2009
Here's a better (closer) picture; see what you guys think...


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Jan 20, 2009
Seriously guys, what do you think?

Jan 22, 2009
To my eye and comparing to a few similar signatures I own, looks legit. would love to hear from others here as well who have seen more of C's signatures.
Jan 27, 2009
...would love to hear from others here as well who have seen more of C's signatures. Indeed! Cheers Rowns!

Mar 26, 2009

You may be interested in this book lot for sale at Manhattan Rare Books.

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The book lot is here and includes a note from Tolkien along with CS Lewis and others

Mar 26, 2009
Thanks Dior!; that's a nice clear picture of Christopher's signature. Now where was that spare $6K I had kicking around...

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