wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Sunday:
- we have shifted the second compost bin, and are now ready for the tree surgeon
- we had ham, and blackberry and apple crumble, for dinner
- I have enjoyed reading the facsimile 1st edition Hobbit.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three more good things:
- I am on a bit of a Discworld kick, and I am greatly enjoying my re-reads (Wyrd Sisters, Going Postal, Fifth Elephant, and now The Truth)
- Chris Woakes took 4-45 yesterday
- I am reminded that the Lay of Aotrou and Itroun will soon be published. This means that I can add a fourth copy to my collection :-)
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
We found a copy of Humphrey Carpenter's "JRR Tolkien: A Biography" in an Oxfam bookshop this morning ... with a postcard from Carpenter to one of the Inklings, Robert Havard!

Photos behind the cut )


Sep. 12th, 2015 11:58 am
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Papers from Michael Flowers on Tolkien in East Yorkshire; from Murray Smith on South African influences on The Hobbit; and now Dimitra Fimi on Childhood in Tolkien's Legendarium. All very good, as would be expected from these speakers.

Two small books bought (ed Ian Collier, and by John Garth); and a good dinner, served slowly, in college last night.

Most importantly, friends (and one family member) met and talked to, although I hope to spend more time doing this over the next twenty-four hours.
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
I am selling these Tolkien books, at £2 each plus p&p (and any Paypal fees), or I can take them to Oxonmoot. If you are interested, please say so quickly; any left unsold at the weekend will go to a charity shop.

ETA: Jerusalem Bible, Beowulf, Hammond & Scull and Foster gone.
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
I need to make more shelf space, so I will reluctantly have to get rid of these. I won't get round to putting them on eBay for a while - before I do, I'll put a summary list here, and consider all reasonable offers -

Read more... )
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"And so here, once again, is my annual plea for a proper biography to replace the original volume written by Humphrey Carpenter as long ago as 1977 ... A N Wilson, among half-a-dozen suitable candidates, would do a splendid job and should be signed up forthwith."

"Tolkien fans at Frankfurt Book Fair"

"An antiques dealer has gone on trial accused of selling books on eBay signed with fake autographs of public figures including Winston Churchill, Robert Louis Stevenson and Pablo Picasso ... Police also found the forged signatures of JRR Tolkien, Oliver Cromwell, Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette at Mr Formhal's home, the court was told."

"Tolkien fan paints her fantasies"

"'No decision is taken lightly. It's unbelievably painful at times trying to find the core essence of Tolkien...,' he said."
wellinghall: (Polar bear)
Bold means I've definitely been there, italics means I think I might have been there a long time ago.

1. Sarehole Mill
2. Perrott's Folly
3. Edgbaston Waterworks

4. New Zealand
5. The Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
6. Tolkien's Home in Oxford (20 Northmoor Road)
7. Merton College

8. Exeter College
9. Addison's Walk
10. Tolkien's Tree University Botanical Gardens
11. The Eagle and Child
12. The Bodleian Library
13. Oxonmoot
14. Tolkien's resting place

15. The Somme

wellinghall: (Polar bear)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide
The Movie Storybook
The World of Hobbits
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design

I have lost the will to live.

wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"Tolkien stayed many times in our house on visits to Ireland. These visits started in the 1950s. He came to Ireland for a couple of weeks each year acting as an external examiner of English in UCD."

"Denmark is hosting a Tolkien event, a reading from The Hobbit no less, approved by royalty."

"European Union funds cross-border co-operation between Tolkien societies."

"Letter to a Friend: Coleridge Through Newman to Tolkien?"

"[Priscilla] had many wonderful insights into her father and his relationship with CS Lewis. She has vivid memories of CS Lewis coming to her home to visit her father on a frequent basis when she was a child."

"An interview with Tolkien´s Icelandic au-pair"

"An Interview with JRR Tolkien from Oxford June 1961"

"40 Years Ago, Checkpoint was not afraid to report the Tolkien Society AGM in full statistical detail."
wellinghall: (Owl)
When did the following come out.

1. The Bakshi "Lord of the Rings" film
2. The Rankin / Bass "Return of the King" film
3. The Rankin / Bass "Hobbit" film
4. The Peter Jackson "Fellowship of the Ring" film
5. The Brian Sibley "Lord of the Rings" radio adaptation
6. The first BBC "Lord of the Rings" radio adaptation
7. The BBC "Hobbit" radio adaptation
8. US National Public Radio "Lord of the Rings" adaptation
9. The WBAI "Lord of the Rings" adaptation
10. The Finnish live action television series "Hobtit"

11. Explain why
12. Show your workings
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"To many westerners the deceased reminded them of a JRR Tolkien fictional 'Elf King' with a taste for expensive cognac."

"I have just finished David Downing's excellent Looking for the King. Described as 'an Inklings novel' the book is set in England in the 1940s. An American scholar named Tom McCord is on the trail of King Arthur and, along with a pretty sidekick with psychic gifts, winds up in Oxford where he meets CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams and the other Inklings who give them hints and help them on their quest."
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
"Evangeline Lilly’s The Hobbit character is unauthentic"

"Lost actress Evangeline Lilly has revealed how her character in the Peter Jackson movie The Hobbit is not an authentic character from the J.R.R. Tolkien books. Evangeline also admitted that the character is very well written and that she hopes fans do not turn against her."


No, really? Who'd have thunk it!


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