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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

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Or this:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hobbit-Pocketbi ... es_LE?hash=item20b0174573

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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

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Then there's this, for those with a strong stomach -

http://cgi.ebay.com/WHIMSICAL-UNIQUE- ... ain_0?hash=item23051ca6fa

See what I mean? I stick by what I said; Americans - some Americans at least - have not the slightest idea of what is meant by the word 'hobbit'.
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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

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I think that what Americans know about the 'Hobbit,' is that if you attach it to anything, you will get hits and you will attract attention to your auctions. Do I think that it is totally lame? Do I think that it is ridiculous, sacrilege, and nearly fraudulent? Of course I do. I love Tolkien's writings, and they have very special meaning to me. Unfortunately, however, Middle Earth is known to many, many people simply as a marketing machine ala Harry Potter.

Anyway, Garm, you win. Your point has been made. There are indeed a lot of Americans who have a pretty perverted concept of who Tolkien was and what his writing was about.


Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

Mar 27, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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:D

A quick search of eBay.co.uk turned up

Hobbit Lantern Pumpkins

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PUMPKINS-F1-HOB ... p_W0QQitemZ360113750529QQ


Blowfish Hobbit button ankle boots

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Womens-black-Bl ... 7_W0QQitemZ120546948120QQ

A "hobbit / fairy" door that I can't see a Hobbit using...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fairy-pixie-ill ... e_W0QQitemZ230435426396QQ

A "Hobbit" Money tree?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Money-Tree-Cras ... t_W0QQitemZ230452728101QQ


And this was just a quick scan. The botany angle was interesting, at least... (what did I just do with the last half hour? I want it back!)
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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

Mar 27, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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And going back to the original post...

Trotter, it looks like that tree could well have influenced Barbara Remington, though!

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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

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For people who have not read it, the interview with Barbara hosted on the Tolkien Collector's guide is very interesting.

http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/w ... x.php?page=Brem+Interview

She was put back in the same place she had been with The Hobbit, having the pressure to draw blind without seeing either book, “There wasn’t any time. They wanted them right away, and I had to draw all the covers at once.”


The Hobbit Tree in the picture is similar to Barbara's picture, you can't see in the picture from the programme above but it also has orange bulbs.

If you would like to see a lot more 'faux' Tolkien items then look at this appropriately named thread on the Lord of the Rings plaza, as they all seem to appear there.


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By garm

Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

Mar 28, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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Thanks for the link to the Remington interview; it's very illuminating. I like to read about how artists come to do their work, though the story behind these book covers is a little unusual (!) I like this part:

>Barbara shared this little secret. “If you look at the art of the three books it’s really one big picture. Hold the covers next to each other, and fold them back just so, and you’ll see.”

“You didn’t draw three separate pictures?”

“No, it was one picture which was divided and used for the three books.”

I mention how such news might drive up the value of these books on EBay? We shared a laugh. <


Of course, we afficianados have known about this for decades, but I wouldn't mind betting some vendor would try shoving up prices on 'discovering' this fact!

Unlike Tolkien's opinion of her, I have a soft spot for Remington and have done so ever since I heard that she wrote an apologetic letter to Tolkien after reading LotR, enclosing a real olive branch!

On the collecting front: I have multiple copies of the Ballantine ed. of LotR with Remington covers, including a couple of boxed sets; and of course the Hobbit, with and without the lion. I actually like the lion; he has a friendly face!

And to cap it, I also have a set of Ace paperbacks. Gaughn's covers might be weird, but they're fun!
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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

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- Though, when it comes to paperback editions of The Hobbit, my number one choice has to be the Puffin Hobbit (1961) with the glorious wrap-around cover illustration by Pauline Baynes. A wonderful piece of work!
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Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

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- Though, when it comes to paperback editions of The Hobbit, my number one choice has to be the Puffin Hobbit (1961) with the glorious wrap-around cover illustration by Pauline Baynes. A wonderful piece of work!


I also like the fact that I can read this paperback knowing that all the spelling mistakes (except one) have been corrected, after all what did a English Professor from Oxford University know This edition paperback is my reading copy of the book, but is in terrible condition compared with the copy shown.

Did Tolkien ever get an apology for this from Penguin Books? I agree with garm that the cover is excellent and it is a shame that it was never reused.Open in new window


By garm

Re: Antiques Roadshow from Hopetown in Scotland

Mar 30, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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Well of course the good folk at Puffin were quite in the right (or so they thought!) After all; they corrected Tolkien's spelling after consulting the Oxford English Dictionary.

Now, can anyone tell us what was Tolkien's reply to that? (don't all rush at once).

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