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Doworst in "Monash Review"

Doworst in "Monash Review"

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Hello everybody,

I am a Tolkien collector from Spain and I've read this forum for many years. Is the first time that I write in this forum. Sorry if my level of English is not very good...
I have discovered something really interesting in Internet. It is a scanning of an Australian magazine dated in 1975 ("Monash Review"). Three years before the publication of the humorous poem "Doworst" in the Australian fanzine 'A Elbereth Gilthoniel' (according to "Reader's Guide", Scull and Hammond, page 214) the manuscript of the poem and Tolkien's letter to Chambers appears reprodced in this magazine. The link is:

http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/records- ... monash-review/1975-3.pdf.

Maybe it's a new article to add to Tolkien publications...


By Morgan

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Thanks for sharing the link! I had never heard about that publication before.

And don't worry about your level of English - I'm not a native speaker either, and Khamul only teases me a little!


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Morgan, Khamul teases everyone a little ...

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By Jlong

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Thanks for that. I didn't know about that.

I wonder if Hammond and Scull are aware of this or Pieter.
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By Red

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Thank you for sharing that. One has to wonder where the manuscript resides now (and what it would be worth).
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By Morgan

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I've been trying to read up a bit on the poem Doworst, and noted a small difference in how the title of the fanzine from the Fellowship of Middle Earth is rendered:

1) The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide (p. 214) has "A Elbereth Gilthoniel!".

2) Douglas A. Anderson, in an article in Tolkien Studies, uses the title "A Elbereth Gilthoniel", without the exclamation mark (vol. III, p. 144). The author of the article on TolkienBooks.net follows Anderson's usage.

In the online catalog of Marquette University Libraries, the fanzine is listed with the exclamation mark ("elbereth" and "gilthoniel" are furthermore rendered in lower-case, which I suspect is merely a database issue). The article on the fanzine in the bibliography here on TCG does the same.

Looking at the scan of the cover of the ?first issue of the fanzine in the TCG article – is the vertical line to the right of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" supposed to be an exclamation mark?

Well, perhaps it's impossible to establish a "correct" rendering of the title. After all, many publications have ambiguous titles (for example, is it "Lembas-extra" or "Lembas Extra"?).


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Pardagast, thanks very much for bringing the Monash Review article to light. We'll add it to our bibliographical notes and Companion and Guide addenda.

Morgan, the fanzine A Elbereth Gilthoniel! does have an exclamation mark in its title. We can confirm this from the issues in our collection (in photocopy). The vertical line to the right of the title words on the cover is meant to be an exclamation mark, and is more detailed than the reproduction makes clear. The Marquette cataloging is derived from information supplied by Gary Hunnewell, the leading expert in Tolkien fanzines; we have Gary's information in our reference files as well.

Wayne & Christina


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Morgan, you seem to have an uncanny knack of extracting Tolkien related blog entries from W&C! Keep it up.

The old Took's Tolkien Fandom Review is also highly recommended; I just bought the 1965 (The New England Tolkien Society, 2010) & 1966 (The New England Tolkien Society, 2011) reviews.

BH
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