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New Addenda & Corrigenda

February 15, 2011

We have posted to our website further addenda and corrigenda to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, as well as a new supplemental bibliography to our Reader’s Companion pages.

The Companion and Guide additions this time include material we found in the Houghton Mifflin Company archive at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, on a visit last autumn. Like many publishers, Houghton Mifflin weeded their files at one time or another, unfortunately leaving only a few letters by or to Tolkien, no more than a brief exchange with artist Pauline Baynes, and apparently no correspondence with Donald Swann, despite Houghton Mifflin having originated his Tolkien song-cycle volume, The Road Goes Ever On. Altogether, the archive preserves a far from complete record of transactions with Tolkien’s British publisher, George Allen & Unwin, much less in proportion than Allen & Unwin kept of its letters, memos, and telegrams with Houghton Mifflin, which survive in the Allen & Unwin archive at the University of Reading. But by comparing the two archives, a fuller picture of the dealings between the publishers is revealed, and the progress of Tolkien’s works  in Britain and America can be more fully traced.

  1. Karl Ronnevik permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:29 pm

    I recently found your blog after ordering the Reader’s Companion. I’m thoroughly enjoying the notes as I reread Tolkien. A funny thing I noticed was that the last several pages of the index (probably about 15) are printed twice. Have you encountered this before?

    • March 2, 2011 9:37 pm

      Books do sometimes have extra gatherings, missed gatherings, leaves bound in upside-down, and so forth. So much of printing and binding is done by machine that something is bound to go wrong every so often. We hope that your Reader’s Companion is otherwise all right, and complete! Which edition is it: the hardback, the old paperback, or the new paperback?

      • Karl permalink
        March 3, 2011 2:34 pm

        Thanks for your follow-up. I have the hardback edition and it is otherwise just fine – a few extra pages never hurt anyone! I was curious reading the “Books in 2010” post if you knew of or obtained a book by Doug Adams called The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films for your Tolkien-related collection. It’s a beautiful book that dissects Howard Shore’s masterful scores from the recent films. As a musician, Tolkien enthusiast, book lover, and admirer of the films, it’s a wonderfully stimulating book for me. I’m a graduate student in Hartford, CT (not so far from you) studying cello performance and I do a bit of music theory teaching as well. And I must say that I’m rather in awe of your book collection!

  2. Lillyput90 permalink
    March 6, 2011 3:14 pm

    Hi Wayne and Christina!

    It’s Lillyput90 here from Lingwe. I have now recieved all of my LOTR 50th edition books, and I must say they are gorgeous!! As to your question about the ring-script in The Fellowship of the Ring, it appears to have been corrected. I compared it with the script in my 1999 edition and it is exactly the same (except for the red colouring)! Hope this helps!

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