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Peter Alford 1956-58

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'''Peter Alford 1956-58''' is a [[The Unpublished Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to [[Peter Alford]], written some time between [[1956]]-[[1958|58]].  
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'''Peter Alford 1956-58''' refers to a group of four [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letters]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to [[Peter Alford]], written between [[January 14]], [[1956]] to [[April 2]], [[1958]].
  
 
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*'''Authenticity''': High
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*'''Publication:''' Excerpts were published in ''[[Sotheby's Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts 13 December 2001]]''.
  
 
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"Among Sotheby's 14 actual Tolkien items to be auctioned by on December 13 there are letters from J.R.R. Tolkien, and there are detailed pictures of them too. Two of these letters contain a very interesting linguistic material. One of them (to [[Anthony D. Howlett 28 May 1969|Anthony D. Howlett, from May 28, 1969]]) shows a discussion of the name Rivendell, with examples of tengwa renderings of Imladrist and Rivendell. The accompanying text is also of great interest. It explains that Sindarin imlad means 'flat-floored valley' and that rist is 'cleft'. Best English rendering of this name is, according to Tolkien, Corfedale or even Corfebottom. Another letter (to Peter Alford, from the years 1956-58) provides a lengthy discussion of the Elvish greeting: Elen síla lúmenn' ómentielmo. One thing attracts our attention: Tolkien explains the pronominal possessive suffix -lma as a variety of -lme 'we' which in fact means: 'you and I/we'. The Quenya verb sil- 'shine white' is derived - according to this letter - from the stem ÞIL-."<ref>[[Elfling]], message from [[Anders Stenström]]. R.D.)</ref>
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Among things discussed, are ''The Lord of the Rings'' and a visit to Holland for a 'Hobbit Dinner'.<ref>''An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography'' at Tolkienbooks.net</ref>
  
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"Another letter [among Sotheby's 14 actual Tolkien items to be auctioned by on December 13] (to Peter Alford, from the years 1956-58) provides a lengthy discussion of the Elvish greeting: Elen síla lúmenn' ómentielmo. One thing attracts our attention: Tolkien explains the pronominal possessive suffix -lma as a variety of -lme 'we' which in fact means: 'you and I/we'. The Quenya verb sil- 'shine white' is derived - according to this letter - from the stem ÞIL-."<ref>[[Elfling]], message from [[Anders Stenström]]. R.D.)</ref>
  
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Revision as of 11:36, 27 June 2010

Peter Alford 1956-58 refers to a group of four letters from J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Alford, written between January 14, 1956 to April 2, 1958.

Contents

Among things discussed, are The Lord of the Rings and a visit to Holland for a 'Hobbit Dinner'.[1]

"Another letter [among Sotheby's 14 actual Tolkien items to be auctioned by on December 13] (to Peter Alford, from the years 1956-58) provides a lengthy discussion of the Elvish greeting: Elen síla lúmenn' ómentielmo. One thing attracts our attention: Tolkien explains the pronominal possessive suffix -lma as a variety of -lme 'we' which in fact means: 'you and I/we'. The Quenya verb sil- 'shine white' is derived - according to this letter - from the stem ÞIL-."[2]

References

  1. An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography at Tolkienbooks.net
  2. Elfling, message from Anders Stenström. R.D.)