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This page is a '''list of books in Tolkien's library''', that is, books known to have been owned by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]].
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*[[1904]]: ''Altschwedische Grammatik Mit Einschluss des Altgutnischen'', by [[Wikipedia:Adolf Noreen|Adolf Noreen]]. Halle.  
 
*[[1904]]: ''Altschwedische Grammatik Mit Einschluss des Altgutnischen'', by [[Wikipedia:Adolf Noreen|Adolf Noreen]]. Halle.  
 
*Description: Original cloth. Signed in ink on the end paper.<ref name=Rare>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-EIGHT-BOOKS-FROM-TOLKIENS-LIBRARY-ALL-SIGNED-PLUS-NOTES-/190703496445?pt=Antiquarian_Books_UK&hash=item2c66d06cfd#ht_11320wt_932|articlename=RARE - EIGHT BOOKS FROM TOLKIEN'S LIBRARY - ALL SIGNED PLUS NOTES (Item number: 190703496445)|dated=|website=[http://www.ebay.co.uk/ Ebay.co.uk]|accessed=16 July 2012}}</ref>
 
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*Unknown issue and year of publication. Signed by Tolkien, and appears to have some annotations by him. Held at the collections of the [[Marion E. Wade Center|Wade Center]].<ref name=Wade>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter/Collections-and-Services/Collection%20Listings/~/media/Files/Centers-and-Institutes/Wade-Center/RR-Docs/Non-archive%20Listings/Tolkien_Library.pdf|articlename=J.R.R. Tolkien Library|dated=|website=[http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter Wade Center]|accessed=15 September 2012}}</ref>
  
 
===''The Children's Treasury of Literature''===
 
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*[[1909]]: ''Introduction to Early Welsh'' (Manchester), by John Strachan.  
 
*[[1909]]: ''Introduction to Early Welsh'' (Manchester), by John Strachan.  
 
*Description: In his copy, Tolkien inscribed "[[1926]]".<ref name=Add>{{webcite|author=[[Christina Scull]], [[Wayne G. Hammond]]|articleurl=http://www.hammondandscull.com/addenda/chronology.html|articlename=Addenda and Corrigenda to ''The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide'' (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology|dated=|website=HS|accessed=31 July 2012}}</ref>
 
*Description: In his copy, Tolkien inscribed "[[1926]]".<ref name=Add>{{webcite|author=[[Christina Scull]], [[Wayne G. Hammond]]|articleurl=http://www.hammondandscull.com/addenda/chronology.html|articlename=Addenda and Corrigenda to ''The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide'' (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology|dated=|website=HS|accessed=31 July 2012}}</ref>
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*[[1902]]: ''Introduction to Greek Prose Composition with Exercises'', by  Arthur Sidgwick.
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*Description: Inscribed by Tolkien with many youthful variants of his signature and accompanying dates.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20139/lot/241/|articlename=Lot 241, Auction 20139 (13 Nov 2012, London, Knightsbridge, Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs)|dated=|website=[http://www.bonhams.com/ Bonhams.com]|accessed=16 November 2012}}</ref>
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===''Les Juifs d'Espagnes''===
 
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*''[[Wikipedia:Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde|Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde]]'', edited by Johannes Hoops. Documents written in early [[Elvish]] alphabets (published in [[Parma Eldalamberon 20|''Parma Eldalamberon'' 20]]) were found in this copy.<ref>{{PE|20}}, p. 6</ref>
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*''[[Wikipedia:Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde|Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde]]'', edited by Johannes Hoops. Documents written in early [[Elvish]] alphabets (published in [[Parma Eldalamberon 20|''Parma Eldalamberon'' 20]]) were found in this copy.<ref>{{PE|20}}, pp. 6, 158</ref>
  
 
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This page is a list of books in Tolkien's library, that is, books and other publications known to have been owned by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Contents

List of books

Altschwedische Grammatik Mit Einschluss des Altgutnischen

  • 1904: Altschwedische Grammatik Mit Einschluss des Altgutnischen, by Adolf Noreen. Halle.
  • Description: Original cloth. Signed in ink on the end paper.[1]

Cairo Studies in English

  • Unknown issue and year of publication. Signed by Tolkien, and appears to have some annotations by him. Held at the collections of the Wade Center.[2]

The Children's Treasury of Literature

Dictionary in Englysshe and Welshe

Diplomatarium Islandicum

  • 1857-76: Diplomatarium Islandicum. Islenzkt Bornbrefasafn... Volume One 834 - 1264. Kaupmannohofn.
  • Bound in contemporary half calf. With the bookplate of the historian Charles Plummer, Tolkien's note reads "bt from..." and "by J.R.R. Tolkien" in ink. Loosely inserted are a couple of scraps of paper with notes by Tolkien (see Diplomatarium Islandicum manuscripts).[1]

Germanische Sprachwissenschaft

  • 1911: Germanische Sprachwissenschaft, by Dr. Richard Loewe. Series: Sammlung Göschen. Leipzig: G.J. Göschen'sche Verlagshandlung.
  • Description: Signed by Tolkien on the top of the inside front page (J.R.R. Tolkien Exeter Coll) and has the "From the Library of J.R.R. Tolkien" sticker at the bottom left of the inside cover. Several pages with annotations in pencil (in the hand of Tolkien); pages 80, 88, 101. Some small corrections added in black ink on page 133.[6]

Guinevere: A Study of Her Abductions

  • 1951: Guinevere: A Study of Her Abductions, by Kenneth G. T. Webster. Milton, Massachusetts: The Turtle Press.
  • Description: Inscribed on the title page in pen and ink: "Professor Tolkien / from Deborah and Deborah Webster / with our admiration & respect".[7]

Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings

Heiðreks Saga

Histoire de la Litterature latine chretienne

  • 19??: Histoire de la Litterature latine chretienne, by Pierre de Labriolle
  • Description: Signed by Tolkien in pencil to the front free endpaper.[8]

The House of the Wolfings

Introduction to Early Welsh

  • 1909: Introduction to Early Welsh (Manchester), by John Strachan.
  • Description: In his copy, Tolkien inscribed "1926".[5]

Introduction to Greek Prose Composition with Exercises

  • 1902: Introduction to Greek Prose Composition with Exercises, by Arthur Sidgwick.
  • Description: Inscribed by Tolkien with many youthful variants of his signature and accompanying dates.[10]

Pictures

Photos of Introduction to Greek Prose Composition with Exercises
 
 


Les Juifs d'Espagnes

  • 1872: Les Juifs d'Espagnes, by Docteur H. Graetz. Paris.
  • Description: Bound in contemporary calf. Signed in pencil on the end paper, with an additional note "purchased at [unreadable...], prob. in 1920s".[1]

The Life and Death of Jason

  • The Life and Death of Jason, by William Morris.
  • Description: Tolkien bought this book with his Skeat Prize money in Spring 1914.[9]

Den Oldnorske og Oldislandske Litteraturs Historie

  • 1920-3: Den Oldnorske og Oldislandske Litteraturs Historie, by Finnur Jónsson. Kobenhavn.
  • Description: Three volumes bound in two in contemporary calf. Each volume is signed twice; once on the front pastedown and once on the verso of the front free end paper.[1]

Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde

Scandinavian Archaeology

  • 1937: Scandinavian Archaeology, by Haakon Shetelig and Hjalmar Falk; translated by E.V. Gordon. Oxford.
  • With a typed note "with the compliments of Professor E.V. Gordon." Signed in pencil on the end paper with the additional note in Tolkien's hand "from EVG."[1]

The Screwtape Letters

Specimens Of Early English

  • 1935: Specimens Of Early English, by Richard Morris and Walter Skeat, part I, Oxford, 1886, repr. 1935, xcix-554 p.
  • Signed by Tolkien, apparently the third owner of the book. It is covered with a lot of notes, especially the chapter "The Ancren Riwle", but generally from the hands of students.[13][note 1]

Pictures

Photos of Specimens Of Early English
Cover  
Tolkien's signature  
Handwritten notes  
Handwritten notes  
Handwritten notes  


Swords & Sorcery

Völsunga Saga

  • Völsunga Saga, translated by William Morris.
  • Description: Tolkien bought this book with his Skeat Prize money in Spring 1914.[9]

A Welsh Grammar Historical and Comparative

  • 1913: A Welsh Grammar Historical and Comparative: Phonology and Accidence, by J. Morris-Jones. Oxford.
  • Description: Tolkien bought this book with his Skeat Prize money in Spring 1914 (the book includes the inscriptions "1914" and "Skeat Prize Vol. 3"). Tolkien added several marginal notes and corrections. On page 33, Tolkien noted "I have heard it in 1920", in reaction to Morris-Jones's remark that while the spelling ychain for Welsh ychen ("oxen") is wrongly derived, the form ychain can be heard in Gwynedd.[4][9]

Further reading

External links

Notes

  1. While the book has been certified by Hammond and Scull as being from Tolkien's library, it remains unknown if all notes were made by other owners/students, or if it includes notes by Tolkien.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "RARE - EIGHT BOOKS FROM TOLKIEN'S LIBRARY - ALL SIGNED PLUS NOTES (Item number: 190703496445)" , Ebay.co.uk (accessed 16 July 2012)
  2. "J.R.R. Tolkien Library" , Wade Center (accessed 15 September 2012)
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 685
  4. 4.0 4.1 Carl Phelpstead, Tolkien and Wales, "Encountering Welsh", "Tolkien's Celtic Library", pp. 9-12
  5. 5.0 5.1 Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond, "Addenda and Corrigenda to The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology" , Hammond&Scull.com (accessed 31 July 2012)
  6. Pieter Collier, "#CLP0120 - Sammlung Göschen: Germanische Sprachwissenschaft from the Library of J.R.R. Tolkien" , Tolkien Library (accessed 16 July 2012)
  7. Pieter Collier, "#PC000031 - Guinevere: A Study of her Abductions, written by the distinguished medieval scholar Kenneth G. T. Webster, from the library of J.R.R. Tolkien" , Tolkien Library (accessed 16 July 2012)
  8. Pieter Collier, "#000772 - Litterature Latine Chretienne, Signed By J.R.R. Tolkien" , Tolkien Library (accessed 16 July 2012)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 51
  10. "Lot 241, Auction 20139 (13 Nov 2012, London, Knightsbridge, Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs)" , Bonhams.com (accessed 16 November 2012)
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Qenya Alphabet", in Parma Eldalamberon XX (edited by Arden R. Smith), pp. 6, 158
  12. Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings, p. 174
  13. Yvan Strelzyk, Who Am I? at Elrond's Library (accessed 16 July 2012)