Tolkien Collector’s Guide

  Rare photo archive to go up for auction next month

18 November 2021 | Trotter

[Quoting the Daily Gazette/​Essex County Standard]:

RARE photographs and correspondence from the author of Lord of the Rings are to be sold by Colchester auctioneers next month.

The official archive of J.R.R. Tolkien’s photographer, Pamela Chandler, is estimated to have a combined value of between £20,000 and £30,000.

It will be auctioned by Reeman Dansie, which is based in Wyncolls Road in Severalls Business Park, Colchester, on Wednesday, December 1.…

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  Alan Lee and Jane Johnson talk

5 November 2021 | Jeremy Edmonds

Sorry for the late notice on this, just came to my attention! The talk is TOMORROW, November 6th, 4 PM to 5:30 PM at the Exeter Literary Festival, tickets cost £8


Twenty years ago, The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, was released. Conceptual designer Alan Lee and Jane Johnson, J.R.R. Tolkien’s editor at Harper Collins, and author of the film’s Companion series, chat about their time in New Zealand on the set of this iconic film.…

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  Bonhams auction of seven Christopher Tolkien letters

3 November 2021 | Jeremy Edmonds

Series of five typed and two autograph letters signed (“Christopher Tolkien”) to Francisco Porrúa, publisher of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien in Spanish, discussing the translation of The Lord of the Rings, with a vociferous condemnation” of the 1979 animated film version (“…I regard it with abhorrence, as a really unbelievable travesty of my father’s work…”), explaining at length how volumes 10 and 11 fit into the 12 volume The History of Middle Earth (“…an account of my father’s work on the Elder Days…”), and speculating on the effect of the films on his father’s legacy.…

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  Dictionary Day is October 16

15 October 2021 | Jeremy Edmonds

As it is October 16th somewhere in the world already, and someone decided that is World Dictionary Day, I thought it would be good to re-recommend the book The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary.…

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  Beyond Bree Calendar 2022

14 October 2021 | Trotter

Heart shall be bolder, harder be purpose, more proud the spirit as our power lessens!

Theme: determination and perseverance. Artists: Soni Alcorn-Hender, Emily Austin, Chapu, Anke Eissmann, Ergo, Donato Giancola, Octo Kwan, Ruth Lacon, Wenjin Lu, Nancy Martsch, Ted Nasmith, Gordon Palmer. Calendar Editor: Jeremy Edmonds.…

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  Bruun Rasmussen auction: 22 June 2021

18 June 2021 | Trotter

Two Tolkien related lots in this auction: Lot 6087: … J.R.R. Tolkien: Ringenes Herre. 3 vols. Cph 1977. Danosh ed.… Lot 6104: … C. Tolkien (ed.): Narn I Chîn Húrin. The Tale of the Children of Húrin.…

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  Númenórean carpet event from Aubusson

10 June 2021 | Denis Bridoux

… This was a highly emotional experience for all. Christopher’s wife, Baillie Tolkien was present for the release and she was much affected by it. Much as she loved all the previous works which have been released so far, and had already given her full satisfaction, she admitted that this one had quite a unique effect on her. What made the piece extra special, she explained in French, is that, unlike the previous ones which were recreations of existing artwork in another medium, this was a completion, a realization of a carpet that Tolkien had designed a cartoon for in his mind in 1960, but never saw in real life. Baillie had prepared some notes but, seeing the piece, spoke without calling upon them. She finished by referring to Niggle who, seeing his Tree in full growth, exclaimed: It’s a gift.” …

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  Heritage Auctions: 9 June 2021

8 June 2021 | Jeremy Edmonds

Sorry for the late notice. Tomorrow the following lots are going under the live hammer at Heritage Auctions. I spoke with the staff there about provenance, and I am told the signed book have bookplates from the collection of Nan C. Scott, who visited Tolkien in Oxford with her husband in 1966. From Scull and Hammond’s Chronology (2017), ?Late July or early August 1966 entry on p. 705, Nan C. Scott and her husband visit Tolkien again, taking some books for him to sign.” …

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