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Published by Allen & Unwin in 1959 IS IT SIGNED?

TOLKIEN THE HOBBIT 1959 ALLEN & UNWIN 11TH PRINTING POSSIBLY SIGNED BY TOLKIEN??

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Binding:

Fine Binding

Special Attributes:

1st Edition

Subject:

Literature & Fiction

Year Printed:

1959

Topic:

Fantasy

JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit

11th Printing Allen & Unwin: 1959


Today, I must admit is a first for me.  I am listing two auctions that I am completely baffled with.  This copy of The Hobbit was published in 1959 by Allen & Unwin and it is the 11th impression of the first edition.  I am pricing it with a starting bid at just $100 - as if the copy is not a signed copy.  Other than the signature, there are no other names written in the book. 

This is the baffling part.  On the second blank page, there is a signature that looks a lot like a Tolkien signature.  If you google "Tolkien Signature", you will see his lovely signature with the line and the dots above it.  This signature appears to be in another language and I can't read it.  All I know, is that it is signed in a calligraphic style and with a nice flowing pen.  It looks a lot like a Tolkien signature, but it doesn't read JRR Tolkien.  I don't know what it reads.  It is well known that Tolkien knew many medieval languages and this could be one of many. 

IF ANYONE CAN SHED ANY LIGHT ON THIS COPY, I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR KNOWLEDGE!

Again, the starting bid is just $100 and there is no reserve.  I am listing this as though it is not signed - just a regular 11th impression of the first edition.  Shipping is free in Canada and the US and the book will be placed in a good box - not a padded envelope.  Thanks and good luck on this mystery copy!


 

 


On Mar-27-14 at 08:27:13 PDT, seller added the following information:

 Extra Note:  It has come to my attention that the inscription may have been written in a language invented by Tolkien called Sindarin - an elvish language referred to in The Lord of the Rings.  For further information, one can easily google it.  There is also a Sindarin dictionary that is easy to find on google or simply go to: http://www.jrrvf.com/cgi-bin/hisweloke/sindarin.cgi?search=ar&phon=ipa

Using the dots below the words written in the book, I tried a few things out in the dictionary that looked similar to the letters on the page. 

Lu = Time / Occasion

Ar = and

Ar also could mean = outside, beside,

dolt = round knob (Like Bilbo's door?)

ara = noble, kingly

Put together phonetically, "luara dolts or lu.ar.a. dolts" does sound elvish.

So, it certainly does have a "Hobbit" vibe to it, but that is all I know.  Other than creating fantasy, Tolkien did love creating languages and riddles!  Just hours left....email me if you have any questions and I will do my best. 


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