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Tol Eressea

Jan 30 2013, 1:48pm

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They are fine photos. According to the Scull-Hammond, the first set were taken in 1961. They weren't exactly for any special occassion: what happened was that Pamela Chandler wrote to Allen & Unwin to ask if she could make a series of photographs of authors whom they published. A&U passed the request on to Tolkien, and there we are. Several of the photos taken that day have been used in books - one of my favourites (not shown on the page I linked to, for some reason) is in a book just by my hand, here: 'English and Medieval Studies Presented to JRR Tolkien on the Occassion of his Seventieth Birthday'.

The second series was taken in August 1966 - I'd always assumed they were taken to mark Ronald and Edith's Golden Wedding Anniversary, but no - that was in March. Anyway, they are another fine set.

Tolkien liked Chandler - though he jokingly remarked in a letter to Rayner Unwin: '(she) inflicted such blistering lights on me, and held the poses until I was nearly stunned. So that I felt like a boiled or grilled owl, and think I look rather like one in most of the resulting pictures'.

(Scull & Hammond, Vol.II p.153)

BTW - the book in Tolkien's hand is the 1st Japanese ed. of The Hobbit. (which I don't own a copy of, dagnabbit).

(This post was edited by geordie on Jan 30 2013, 1:51pm)

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