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Some people have all the luck...

diedye
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Jul 8 2008, 12:20pm


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Demolition worker celebrating after postcard find at Tolkien's former home


Demolition worker celebrating after postcard find at Tolkien's former home

A demolition worker was celebrating today after stumbling across a postcard sent to author JRR Tolkien hidden behind a fireplace in his former home.



Stephen Malton made the discovery while unscrewing the fireplace at The Lord of the Rings author's bungalow in Poole, Dorset, as the bulldozers moved in.

He is hoping for a windfall after his research on the internet showed another tiled fireplace surround from Tolkien's Oxford home for sale at 250,000 US dollars (126,593), and he estimates the postcard is worth around 140,000.

The 42-year-old said a collector in Belgium, called The Tolkien Library, had offered 500,000 US dollars (253,186) for the postcard and the fireplace.

He is hoping to sell the fireplace, postcard, a bronze fairy and stone gryphon which were found in the garden, at auction at a later date.

Mr Malton, who owns Bournemouth-based ProDem Demolition, said: "I've been in demolition most of my life. I have been doing this for 15 years, my father did it for 40 years before me.

"All of a sudden for this to land in your lap is just quite unbelievable."

Fans of the author, whose full name was John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, are upset at the demolition of the historic three-bedroom bungalow on Lakeside Road where Tolkien retired with his wife Edith in 1968.

He moved to Oxford in 1972 after she died and sold the house for 23,000 to Stephen Frankel who put it on the market for 1 million in 2006.

[..]He said: "You could have knocked me down with a feather.

"To find something with the Tolkien name on it is quite amazing.

"We have looked under the floors, if we find a Hobbit that will be the icing on the cake."

The postcard is dated 1968 and addressed to the author at the Miramar Hotel, Bournemouth, where he and his wife spent many holidays.

It depicts a landscape in Cork, Ireland, and is signed "Lin", which Mr Malton believes to be fantasy author Lin Carter, who wrote A Look Behind the Lord of the Rings, published a year later in 1969.

It mentions seascapes and hedgerows, walking and driving in the countryside.

It reads: "I have been thinking of you a lot and hope everything has gone as well as could be expected in the most difficult circumstances."

[..]


You can find more info here.

Lucky ba... uh... fella.

Nice fireplace... not too crazy about the green marble, though.

I wonder what the "difficult circumstances" were... but I guess that's private.





(This post was edited by diedye on Jul 8 2008, 12:26pm)

Subject User Time
Some people have all the luck... diedye Send a private message to diedye Jul 8 2008, 12:20pm
    He's emailed us... calisuri Send a private message to calisuri Jul 8 2008, 1:12pm
        Criminitly... grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jul 8 2008, 4:53pm
    amazing! Just amazing. a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Jul 8 2008, 4:12pm
        no such offer... however... Beren Send a private message to Beren Jul 8 2008, 4:28pm
            well good luck on your decisions about the sale and purchase hatster Send a private message to hatster Jul 8 2008, 9:17pm
                And here is your chance to own a piece of Tolkien history! Beren Send a private message to Beren Jul 8 2008, 11:45pm
                    OMG overlithe64 Send a private message to overlithe64 Jul 9 2008, 1:46pm
                        not my stuff... Beren Send a private message to Beren Jul 9 2008, 1:53pm
                            Oh sorry.... overlithe64 Send a private message to overlithe64 Jul 9 2008, 3:31pm
                                where would the fun be? Beren Send a private message to Beren Jul 9 2008, 5:06pm
                    Oh. That's cruel-hard grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jul 9 2008, 2:14pm
    So does he own the house? Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen Jul 8 2008, 6:38pm
        It depends Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jul 8 2008, 7:27pm
            Does make you wonder though Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Jul 9 2008, 2:48am
    If that postcard is going to be worth that much... leo Send a private message to leo Jul 8 2008, 8:14pm
        *thwack* philistine!!!// Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Jul 9 2008, 2:59am
    "We have looked under the floors... FantasyFan Send a private message to FantasyFan Jul 8 2008, 8:14pm
    Give the postcard Patty Send a private message to Patty Jul 9 2008, 12:26am
        Nice thought Patty Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Jul 9 2008, 2:57am
        Before or after making a few zillion copies to sell on eBay?... diedye Send a private message to diedye Jul 9 2008, 12:32pm
    My thoughts on it.... Maddydahobbit Send a private message to Maddydahobbit Jul 10 2008, 1:42pm
        but we were aware of that sad news Beren Send a private message to Beren Jul 10 2008, 2:00pm
    It breaks my heart! Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Jul 11 2008, 3:04am

 
 
 

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