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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?

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Aug 5 2013, 6:02pm


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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? Can't Post

Hi all, once again I have rambling thoughts and questions, on a difficult subject with no likely answer (I've noticed its a trend of mine Wink) anyway, I was surfing the net just now and came across the following lists:

http://tolkiengateway.net/...ms_by_J.R.R._Tolkien

http://tolkiengateway.net/...Unpublished_material

It got me thinking, was there ever a collection of Tolkiens early/non middle earth poetry released along the lines of Tales from the Perilous Realm? I seem to recall there was an edition of his Poems from LOTR, The Hobbit and TAOTB released in the 60's? (Geordie?), but nothing along these lines-do you think this would be a good idea?

Although I'm aware Tolkien poetry is rather...divisive, there is no denying his poems were a massive influence and aspect of his writing and help set Tolkien apart from other writers, it would certainly be interesting to see such a release marketed after the hype surrounding The Hobbit films (Obviously the Fall of Arthur and The Legend of Sigurd and Gurdun were poetic volumes, but I've seen more than a few comments on Amazon etc expressing surprise that they weren't middle earth related novels-don't people read the blurb??) if only for the convience, and to showcase how diverse Tolkien's writing was to the ever increasing audience of his work.

Given how the long promised The Fall of Arthur finally saw a release this year, I was wondering if anyone else would be interested in seeing such a volume, and whether such a release would even be feasible.

I'm aware that many of these poems have been published at least partially in recent years (in Tolkien and The Great War, and The Annontated Hobbit for instance), but many I had never heard of, or at the most only seen extracts (One of the few issues I have with many otherwise excellent books on Tolkien is the references to otherwise unpublished or rare material-don't get me wrong I'm thankful to see such extracts, but it can be a little confusing rembering who and and what, and annoying to know that's all we are likely to see, especially when Tolkiens poetry has been viewed as a relatively niche area).

Admittedly there are probably very good reasons (copyright or otherwise) why The Tolkien Estate dosen't feel comfortable or able to re-release (or publish) such writing, (and it certainly isn't my place to queston why), the market for such a release might be rather small, and the amount of effort and legal obstacles in putting together such a release might be more trouble than its worth, but I personally would find such a collection an interesting idea, and judging by the Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, a very rewarding one as a reader.

As a relative novice when it comes to Tolkien (unlike many others on this site), I was wondering whether anyone could clear this up, or offer some thoughts.

On a similar note I have recently started re-reading The Letters of JRR Tolkien, and in the Introuction Humphrey Carpenter mentions the possibility of a second edition, I'm aware that Letters is a relatively niche, and comparitively old (though excellent) book, and a rather personal book to Tolkien's family, but again I was wondering whether there have been any recent developments on an expansion.

Although I seem to remember reading the low sales of the book reportedly nixed an earlier expansion, Letters does seem to be one of the more popular 'ancillary' books on Tolkien, I have seen on several other forums (sorry!) querries on an expansion, and once again there does seem to be a large number of unpublished letters meriting a second edition:

http://tolkiengateway.net/.../Unpublished_letters

I'm aware that many letters were likely left out for reasons of brevity or space, and there is alot to be said for keeping some of Tolkien's writing unpublished, but I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

I realise enquiring about such personal subject matter might not be in the best taste, and I'm sorry if this came across as offensive to anyone -not my intention at all, but I for one would be very, very interested in seeing more of Professor Tolkien's thoughts and feelings (even with the risk of treading over private or familiar ground) in print (especially any more on Zimmerman's script-I would love to see his annontations).

Once again this post has turned out much more rambling than I hoped, and I realise it probably reads as a fanboy demanding more books without due consideration (I'm simply bad at marshalling my thoughts coherently) but those were my questions.

Thoughts? Bad Idea? Good Idea? Likely or Unlikely?

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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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