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  • Will The lord of the Rings be voted the best foreign book by Dutch Readers and will The Hobbit be voted as the best children book in Belgium?
    surprise since they have left one space open to vote for the one book which readers believe is missing in the list We will see if the Hobbit can still make it into the top 10 and become the big surprise of this poll The shortlist of the top 10 will be announced on the 2nd of March 2008 The final winner will be announced on the 16th of March While the Dutch readers clearly have chosen The Lord of the Rings belongs to one of the best books ever written in the past and still today the Hobbit has been silently left out of the 99 nominated books This is a big surprise but on the other hand no surprise at all Tolkien s works have been criticized as long as they have been published J R R Tolkien is however one of the most important writers of the 20th century He is recognized for The Lord of the Rings a three volume novel cycle and for The Hobbit a children s book published in 1937 The first has already been made into a movie and the second one will soon be adapted for the big screen scheduled for release in 2010 and 2011 Here you can find the official movie blog When these days people around the globe would be asked to name there most favorite author or book there will be numerous people saying that the answer is simple and then name J R R Tolkien and either The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit Besides his most famous works Tolkien wrote at least 29 more books and translated or contributed to at least 36 books He also made important contributions to about 40 periodicals While most people are unaware of this it is rather normal for a professor to have published that much This however cannot explain why his Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are so succesful It must be said that the movie adaptation by Peter Jackson must have had a very important influence The real reason why J R R Tolkien is so popular can be best understood by reading the books by Tom Shippey J R R Tolkien Author of the Century and Roots and Branches Still in September 1996 many years before the Peter Jackson movies hit the big screen Waterstone s in association with Channel 4 Television launched a U K search for the greatest books of the twentieth century Waterstone s a bookstore chain with more than 200 stores in the United Kingdom Republic of Ireland and Europe announced the results in January 1997 Over 25000 people took part in the poll and the Book of the Century was revealed as J R R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings with more than 5 000 first place votes Tolkien s 1100 plus page fantasy about Middle earth was the clear winner Some 1200 votes behind was Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell J R R Tolkien was

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  • The Northeast Tolkien Society has announced the winners of the 2007 Imperishable Flame Awards ("nominated by staff, awarded by fans") (25.12.07)
    are discussed and compared and there is tons of interesting information it remains easy and is very enjoyable to read This book will probably become the standard book when people need to know something about The Inklings If you are interested in the Inklings this is the book to read Secondly Diana Glyer is a fantastic person in all aspects Very friendly and warm plus it amazes me how a mother who works has kids has also managed to write such a fantastic book If someone deserves this award it is for sure her Category 2 Tolkien Inklings Inspired Creativity James Dunning 40 Years of Tolkien Art 90 TOTAL VOTES The Artist James Dunning has read and digested Tolkien s various works for forty years and has constructed evolving mental landscapes of scenes in Middle earth He has tried to depict Tolkien themes presented here in a style consistent with J R R Tolkien s own illustrative style Himself a language lover uses a very simple style to illustrate the works of Tolkien and while not having the artistic capacities like other artists Howe Ted Alan his work touches me in a more pure way Inside his works are many tiny details which show us the love he has for the written word I hope his award will make more people see and enjoy his work Category 3 Tolkien Inkling Fan Community Award Pieter Collier and Hyarion Organizers Children Of Hurin Release Party 147 TOTAL VOTES When I was nominated for the first Imperishable Flame award for Tolkien Inkling Fan Appreciation this came as a big surprise When I started my website in 2001 I was not really aware that there where many more people who had the same passion as me Since then I have learned to know so

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling fetch high prices at Sotheby's auction (14.12.07)
    jacket by the author is retained in a folder within the velvet lined folding box The dust jacket is soiled and frayed with extensive loss and tears including 40 by 53mm section at head of spine and 34 by 40mm section at foot of spine a clean copy presented in a extremely fine binding LOT 301 TOLKIEN J R R THE HOBBIT GEORGE ALLEN UNWIN LTD 1937 Estimate 8 000 10 000 GBP Lot Sold Hammer Price with Buyer s Premium 12 500 GBP DESCRIPTION 8vo first edition first issue Dodgeson corrected in ink on inside lower flap of dust jacket 10 illustrations pictorial end papers in red and black by the author 2 pages of publisher s advertisements at end original pictorial green cloth original pictorial dust jacket by the author collector s green morocco backed folding box internally clean with some very minor finger soiling on a few leaves head and foot of spine very slightly bumped dust jacket with some professional restoration including restored sections at head of spine 10 by 25mm and restoration to some other minor chips and tears at extremities some minor staining LITERATURE AND REFERENCES Hammond A3 a CATALOGUE NOTE an extremely fresh copy LOT 302 TOLKIEN J R R THE LORD OF THE RINGS GEORGE ALLEN UNWIN 1954 1955 Estimate 2 000 3 000 GBP Lot Sold Hammer Price with Buyer s Premium 2 750 GBP DESCRIPTION 8vo 3 volumes first edition first impressions volume three in first state of first impression illustrations maps including folding maps at end of each volume original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine dust jackets some light browning or soiling to endpapers bindings worn with extremities bumped and occasional staining upper hinge repaired in volume one soiled dust jackets frayed at extremities with adhesive tape repairs staining from adhesive tape LITERATURE AND REFERENCES Hammond A5 a LOT 303 TOLKIEN J R R THE LORD OF THE RINGS GEORGE ALLEN UNWIN 1960 1961 Estimate 4 000 6 000 GBP Lot Sold Hammer Price with Buyer s Premium 9 375 GBP DESCRIPTION 8vo 3 volumes tenth impression volume one seventh impression volumes two and three each volume signed by the author on title page J R R Tolkien illustrations maps including folding maps at end of each volume later full green morocco featuring Tolkien s Ring and Eye device in gilt and black on upper covers together with Tolkien s certar lettering in black at top edge spine with title as written by Frodo in The Return of the King The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King Together with extracts from Books of Lore translated by Bilbo in Rivendell in black and gilt gilt edges some minor browning to endpapers CATALOGUE NOTE an attractively bound set of a signed set of the lord of the rings LOT 304 TOLKIEN J R R THE LORD OF THE RINGS GEORGE ALLEN AND UNWIN LTD 1969 Estimate 2 500 3 500 GBP Lot

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  • Last book Tolkien signed before he died on auction by Bonhams
    Last book Tolkien signed before he died on auction by Bonhams 01 11 07 by Pieter Collier Comments Here you can see a very fine example of Tolkien s well know flourishing signature It is most probably the very last signature J R R Tolkien put inside a book before he died The book will be sold by auction on Wednesday 13 November 2007 by Bonhams 1 The book is The Lord of the Rings in one volume from 1969 published by George Allen Unwin We can assume this will be the 4th impression of the One Volume Edition with Pauline Baynes covers that was first published in 1968 And that it is a paperback edition 2 While the book is described as creased and rubbed the authograph seems to be authentic The book also comes with an excellent story which makes the book even more attractive and special Bonhams writes The owner s wife s family were friends of Doctor Tolhurst who attended Tolkien during his last illness The owner notes that his wife s sister accompanied the doctor to visit with some books to sign He Tolkien signed several and when they were leaving they remembered that they had left mine in the car so they brought it back for him to sign Later that evening he was taken into hospital and died The story in itself is very nice and probably very close to the truth but some details are absolutely wrong I m convinced that the book was indeed signed by Tolkien and indeed by a friend of Doctor Tolhurst yet I very much doubt about the timing Tolkien attended the celebration for Mrs Tolhurst Tolkien s doctors wife on the 30th of August Probably it was during this celebration that Tolkien did sign some books

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  • The Second Imperishable Flame Awards - Nominees for 2006/07 and catching up with the last years winners
    share with us on being selected for the Award what have you been up to since Any publications appearances etc Funny quips jokes experiences welcome Pieter Collier When I was nominated for the first Imperishable Flame award for Tolkien Inkling Fan Appreciation this came as a big surprise When I started my website in 2001 I was not really aware that there where many more people who had the same passion as me Since then I have learned to know so many people and I was amazed by the many mails and reactions I received from all over the world It was not until I actually won the award that I realized that my work was appreciated by so many all over the planet It motivated me to work even more on my website and try now even more to bring the on line Tolkien community all the latest news on new Tolkien books Since 2006 I redesigned my website completely and started to do interviews with famous authors and artists and hope this gives a lot of information which the Tolkien community enjoys Also I have tried to write a monthly article on all new releases For the release of The Children of Hurin I organized an on line Release Event which was no less then three days in a row It seemed to me a logic thing to do to celebrate the new book with all my friends and the complete Tolkien community We had a true hobbit party and there where many prizes to be won and many interesting talks The where question and answer sessions with people like David Brawn Roger Garland John D Rateliff Diana Glyer Matt Blessing Michael Drout Verlyn Flieger to name some It where three days long to be remembered and I hope it was a fine event which people will remember with a smile Northeast Tolkien Society Who would you endorse nominate for this years awards Pieter Collier Tolkien and Inkling Scholarship and Study for 2006 While my first thought immediately goes to Christina Scull and Wayne G Hammond I think they deserve a prize which is out of the three existing categories For this award I would like to nominate Diana Glyer This for several reasons If there is one book that really has impressed me it is Diana Glyer s The Company They Keep C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien as Writers in Community While the content of the book is very great important facts are discussed and compared and there is tons of interesting information it remains easy and is very enjoyable to read This book will probably become the standard book when people need to know something about The Inklings If you are interested in the Inklings this is the book to read Secondly Diana Glyer is a fantastic person in all aspects Very friendly and warm plus it amazes me how a mother who works has kids has also managed to write such a

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  • The Lord of the Rings proof copies to be sold by auction by Bloomsbury
    the best copy or state of any given book would be Tolkiens own manuscript While most collectors will not have a chance to acquire the original manuscripts since almost all are in Marquette University or in the Bodleian Library and others are really expensive they do have now access to a preliminary state of the book that precedes the first published edition that of the uncorrected proof or advance reading copy Yet sadly enough the prizes tend to be extremely high Here you can read an article that will tell a bit why arc s came out tells the history of arc s the pro s and contra s and gives some other examples of scarce and rare JR R Tolkien proofs The Lord of the Rings London 1953 1954 1954 3 volumes 8vo Original brown paper wrappers volumes I and II in individual grey cloth four fold chemise by R Patron of Hollywood California the two volumes contained within a single purple morocco slipcase also by Patron tooled in gilt and blind This is a very rare set of proofs vols i and ii page proofs preceding the first edition bound in wrappers and sent out by the publishers as early review copies vol iii dated a year earlier than the first edition vol i accompanied by a letter from the publisher to arthur ransome soliciting a review vol ii comes with an unbound proof copy of the map The individual volumes are as follows The Fellowship of the Ring London George Allen Unwin Ltd 1953 8vo 8 1 2 x 5 1 2 inches 218 x 140mm Brown paper wrappers white paper label applied to upper cover with typed title The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien with manuscript note Not less than 21 nor more than 25 small splits to joints With a laid in TLS from the publisher Stanley Unwin to Arthur Ransome dated 14 December 1953 I am sending you a set of uncorrected proofs minus runes and maps and asking for a review arthur ransome s copy These page proofs are in their earliest state with the title page before the borders were added and pp 16 and 21 incorrectly numbered and p 319 was not printed at all In addition there are five spelling corrections in red ink on pp 30 56 74 263 268 one spelling correction in pencil on p 315 and there is one alternative textual reading in red ink p 306 hobbits other friends for men The date of the covering letter makes this the earliest recorded copy of vol I other than the copy sent to Tolkien on 29 September 1953 Ransome 1884 1967 is now best known for his long running series of Swallows Amazons children s books he also worked as a journalist for the Manchester Guardian The Two Towers London George Allen Unwin Ltd 1954 8vo 8 1 2 x 5 51 2 inches 222 x 142mm 1 folding proof map printed

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  • TOLKIEN LETTER OFFERED IN R&R ENTERPRISES’ OCTOBER AUCTION: Tolkien describes Pippin's ride with Gandalf and mentions “Smith of Wootton Major”
    such kind and appreciative letters brevity is not necessarily a virtue I am interested in what you say of your name I think it still probable that your father s name nonetheless comes from near Evesham It must be derived from a place name and though Bourne stream is widespread in England and occurs in Kentish names Honeybourne is found only in Cow H and Church H near Evesham There was a considerable movement and interchange between Kent and Worcestershire largely because of the industries of fruit growing I shall certainly put Honeybourne on the Shire Map as soon as an opportunity of revision much needed occurs I was deeply interested in your choice of passages and quite agree about Pippin s ride An easing of tension was needed at the end of the Book but of course provided instinctively and not by planning To ride with Gandalf must have been like being borne by a Guardian Angel with stern gentleness a most comforting combination to children as we all are I am sending you a copy of my recently published story Not addressed to children reached by age An old man s tale mainly concerned with retirement and bereavement Tolkien is evidently referring to his story Smith of Wootton Major first published in Redbook magazine on November 23 1967 Tolkien also adds a brief note in pencil along the top of the first page regarding his delay in reading the mail We here see Tolkien at his very best exploring language and finding the roots for words and names he loves Language was his source of inspiration and here for the second time he says he would add Honeybourne to the map of The Hobbit see previous letter It remains very fascinating to see how one name can trigger

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  • John Howe banners, postcards, sculptures and prints for sale
    the visit of Saint Ursanne La Fantastique will be remembered by me for long time to come Now up to 30 september 2007 there will be an auction of all the banners and sculptures that where on display at this wonderful event Saint Ursanne will be auctioning off the sculptures and the banners as well as the ink jet prints from the exhibition in the Cloister Since John Howe does not sell his original art this is the closest you will ever get to a real John Howe This is your chance to obtain a piece of art that has been admired by tens of thousands visitors of the event in Saint ursanne Following inquiries by a very large number of visitors the organizing committee of Saint Ursanne La Fantastique has decided to auction off all the artwork shown during the event in other words the banners and the sculptures from the medieval town and the reproductions from the cloister You are interested in bidding for one of these items Then all you have to do is sign up at top right choose your category banners sculptures reproductions and bid for the desidered item The bids are binding increases in steps of SFr 10 for the banners and the reproductions and of SFr 50 for the sculptures The auction ends on 30 September 2007 at 22 00h All banners and reproductions will be signed by John Howe Prices are given in Swiss Francs For the cost in Euros divide the given price by 1 6 Banners All banners have the same size of approx 100 cm x 350 cm About 30 illustrations or drawings by John Howe several of which from The Lord of the Rings Digital print on cotton 300 gr m2 All banners will be signed by John

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