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Songs for the Philologists -

Tol Eressea

Aug 6 2013, 12:32pm

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Songs for the Philologists - [In reply to] Can't Post

yes, that is one of the very rare ones. I've actually held one in my hand - I guess it's the one being offered at that ridiculous price at the moment. When I saw it, it was around the $11,000 mark. I see it now and again, for sale on either side of the Atlantic. That thing must have clocked up more air time than Henry Kissinger.

The poems were composed at Leeds in the 1920s by Tolkien and Gordon, to amuse their students at their 'beer and Beowulf' evenings. One of the student, A.H. Smith, found his copy of the typescript years later, in 1936, when he was teaching at London University. He gave it to his class to set up in type on the university's press as an exercise; then remembered he hadn't gotten permission. So he told his students to hand them back in. Not all did; and then there was a fire, and all those copies were destroyed, leaving only those whose owners had held onto them.. there are supposed to be no more than 20 copies in the world. Rare indeed.

(This post was edited by geordie on Aug 6 2013, 12:33pm)

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Any chance we could see some of Tolkien's early/non middle earth poems republished?, and/or a expanded edition of Letters?...Thoughts? malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Aug 5 2013, 6:02pm
    Songs for the Philologists Arandir Send a private message to Arandir Aug 5 2013, 6:51pm
        Glad to see I'm not alone...I have wondered about S for the P myself malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Aug 5 2013, 7:05pm
            Copyright issues Arandir Send a private message to Arandir Aug 5 2013, 7:10pm
            Songs for the Philologists - geordie Send a private message to geordie Aug 6 2013, 12:32pm
    At least one you can buy Inferno Send a private message to Inferno Aug 6 2013, 3:59am
        *snigger* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Aug 9 2013, 11:20am


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