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This is the eleventh newsletter send by the Tolkien Library. It summarizes the events of what has happened on the site in the last months and brings the latest news. These letters will be sent once in a while and will feature all changes and updates to the site.


 
       
   
It was my pleasure to do an interview with Squire, one of the contributors of the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and also the man behind the J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia - A Reader's Diary. It seems most people expected the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia to be something 'more' for such a lot of money. Still, I believe the project was a good one, and so do many people. Especially the on line community has now taken over the project and is starting to turn the book into a very usefull unit after all. There are some interesting projects, of which the J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia - A Reader's Diary is by far the most interesting contribution so far..

> Read full article: Interview with Squire a contributor to the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia Scholarship and Critical Assessment by Michael Drout


   
 
   

While the publication date of both volumes of The History of the Hobbit by John D. Rateliff is still uncertain, probably around may or june, it is now certain that we will get a commemorative boxed set in September. This box wil comprise a hardback gift edition of The Hobbit and the two-volume companion as seen above. It will be called THE HOBBIT, MR BAGGINS AND THE RETURN TO BAG-END: Boxed Set Anniversary Collectors edition. For now i'm unable to give any images, but I do have some info already.


> Read full article: THE HOBBIT, MR BAGGINS AND THE RETURN TO BAG-END: Boxed Set, Anniversary Collectors editions


   
 
   

It seems a lot of people are very excited about the new Tolkien book and all want to know so many things about it! So I send some questions to HarperCollins and made it into THE CHILDREN OF HURIN FAQ.

Alan Lee illustrated the Children of Hurin and also the cover image is by his hand. While the editor Christopher Tolkien will not do any signings, Alan Lee will be signing the book at different locations.

> Read full article: The Children of Hurin FAQ
> Read full article: Alan Lee signing events - illustrator of Children of Hurin



   
 
   

This month, March 2007, is an interesting month. We see the publication of some very interesting Inkling related books: "Four Christian Fantasists: A Study of the Fantastic Writings of George MacDonald, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien" by Richard Sturch and "The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community" by Diana Pavlac Glyer.

Also, in March, there will be released an interesting softcover on Tolkien and Shakespeare: "Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language" by Janet Brennan Brennan Croft.

> Read full article: Tolkien Books published in March 2007 - The month of The Inklings



   
 
   

A JRR Tolkien inspired Art Exhibition is being held for 4 days from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th April 2007 at The Redesdale Hall, High Street, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire. The Exhibition will contain the largest ever display of the artwork of the world renowned Tolkien Illustrator, Ted Nasmith who will be attending throughout. In addition the Tolkien inspired artist Ruth Lacon will be exhibiting her artwork and attending throughout. Also announced is a special guest, no one less then Alan Lee, illustrator of the new Tolkien book The Children of Hurin.

> Read full article: Visions of a lost Realm- The Tolkien Art Exhibition of Ted Nasmith with Ruth Lacon and special guest Alan Lee



   
 
   

It is my pleasure to bring you this interview with James Dunning. His art is featured in A Tolkienian Mathomium by Mark T. Hooker. The Artist James Dunning has read and digested Tolkiens 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. Tolkiens own illustrative style.

> Read full article: Interview with James Dunning - Tolkien artist



   
 
   

We all know this year we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Hobbit and the 30th anniversary of The Silmarillion. Also this year we will see the publication of a brand new Tolkien book, The Children of Hurin. But in Oktober 2007 we will also get a brand new edition of the long unavailable children’s story Mr. Bliss, written and illustrated by Tolkien himself. Originally published in 1982, the book has been out of print since the 1990s. This edition marks the 25th anniversary of publication.

> Read full article: Mr. Bliss, a tale written and illustrated by Tolkien: 25th anniversary of publication



   
 
   


The Tolkien Library Store
always has a large amount of rare and collectible Tolkien books up for sale. The books in the Tolkien Library Store always have a high collectible value and are of the finest on the market. Tolkien books available include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed / Numbered / Limited Editions.

Rare Tolkien items are also available, including books and letters signed by Tolkien, proof copies and books from Tolkiens personal library.

Not all items are on display here, so please do not hesitate to make requests about Tolkien books you are trying to find. Whatever you are looking to buy or sell, we will always try to help.

> Buy rare Tolkien books here: Tolkien Library Store

Featured items:


# DSC0005 - J.R.R. Tolkien autograph letter signed "J.R.R. Tolkien" to Niall Hoskin - € 2500.00

Handwritten letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien, Allen & Unwin 40 Museum Street, London W.C. 1, 16 October 1968, together with envelope.

#JB0004 - Super Deluxe Silmarillion published in 1982 by Allen & Unwin - $2000

Houghton Mifflin , 1955/1955/1956 1st Editions, 2nd imp./2nd imp./1st impression. An exceptional and lovely set of first editions of this classic of fantasy literature.

#000332 - Signed Note on Merton College, Oxford Stationary, Dated Feb 17, 1958 - $2,000.00


A lovely piece of ephemera, with a handwritten letter from his son, to authenticate the note and explain the relationship between his father and Tolkien.

#000333 - A Signed Book, Swords & Sorcery, By L. Sprague De Camp, and a Seperate Critique Written By J.R.R. Tolkien -$3000.00


A pair of items is offered, which includes a handwritten lengthy criticism by Tolkien, and a related paperback novel, Swords & Sorcery, by L. Sprague de Camp, signed by Tolkien.

#000307 - 2005 Harper Collins, The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook By Alan Lee, with a Full Page Hand Drawn Sketch By the Illustrator - $2,750.00


This artwork was done for a charity auction event in the UK in 2005.  A 'one of a kind' collectable for the Lord of the Rings fan.
#000309 - 1973 Allen & Unwin, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Signed By Pauline Baynes - $250.00

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J.R.R. Tolkien.  This book is the 7th impression of 1973, of the 1st Edition of 1961, published by Allen & Unwin.  It has been signed on the title page by the Illustrator Pauline Baynes.
   
 
   
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