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After several, at times frustrating, weeks dealing with the text editor, the final text of 'Hobbit to Hero' is at last set and heading to the printer on Monday. There have however been concerns all along that Ted's wonderful 'Thus Came Aragorn' made the book look too much like a children's story so there has been a last minute change of design.

The photo of Tolkien has never before been published which is rather cool. It was taken in his study at Merton College in July 1958 by Leslie Stanley [incorrectly named 'Lionel' by Scull and Hammond - p530 Chronology], a 'devoted fan and amateur photographer'. It is one of several taken at that time and the original negatives were later given to Tolkien himself. Importantly, they are the only non-copyright photos of Tolkien known to exist. Tolkien sent them to Rayner Unwin who declared on 10th February 1960 that they were 'excellent'. Tolkien believed they were still being in the possession of Allen and Unwin in July 1966 when he wrote to Joy Hill. However, according to S and H [p669]  on the 26th of that month Joy Hill wrote back stating that they have no photos by Leslie Stanley although, on 15th August, she again wrote to Tolkien to say that she had received a list of the photos, including the Merton ones, from Leslie Stanley. 

Then the trail goes cold until they turned up recently inside a book purchased by Andy Compton, my publisher at ADC Publications Ltd. [Estelcontar was present when this part of the story was told so perhaps she can remember the title of the book!]

I must admit that even though the fan girl in me would love to have Aragorn on the cover, I do prefer this version.
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Date: 2012-07-14 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
That's a fascinating history of the photo... and you're so lucky to have it on your book, though I'm with you in that the fangirl in me is a little disappointed. LOL But at least we get Aragorn on the back cover. That's a nice compromise.

And most importantly: ALL THE MADDENING CORRECTIONS ARE FINISHED!!!!!!!!!

*pops champagne*
Edited Date: 2012-07-14 01:42 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-07-14 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
*Sips gratefully*! Yes it's been more of a sweat than I imagined but there at last. It's a great photo and I'm very happy with the compromise.

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Date: 2012-07-14 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
Oh wow. I'm so thrilled for you, and can't wait to get my hands on this.

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Date: 2012-07-14 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Oh thank you. I so hope you enjoy it.

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Date: 2012-07-14 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bunn.livejournal.com
I think that's a nice balance - authoritive, but also celebrating the character with the painting on the back.

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Date: 2012-07-14 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
I'm glad you think so. I was dubious about changing it but very pleased with the result.

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Date: 2012-07-14 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curiouswombat.livejournal.com
That does look very good - and the beautiful painting is still there on the back... And how brilliant to have a never before used picture?

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Date: 2012-07-14 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
I would have been disappointed if the painting had disappeared completely so I'm more than happy with this. And only four weeks to go to actually see it!

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Date: 2012-07-14 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellynn-ithilwen.livejournal.com
I love this cover - it looks fantastic! And I'm so glad for you! *jumpy* *hugs*

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Date: 2012-07-14 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thanks so much Elynn. *hugs* back.

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Date: 2012-07-14 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wellinghall.livejournal.com
Yay, book!

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Date: 2012-07-14 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Only four weeks to go!

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Date: 2012-07-14 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harrowcatliz.livejournal.com
I am not counting down to the Olympics I am crossing off the days to BOOK day! Liking the cover but glad the picture got a showing too.

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Date: 2012-07-14 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Yes, I'm the same, although I'm a lot more nervous about the book than the Olympics! I'm with you on being glad the pic remained somewhere.

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Date: 2012-07-14 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estelcontar1.livejournal.com
Wasn't it Ballantine's first authorised paperback edition of LOTR and the of the Hobbit with emus and a Christmas tree on the cover which really rilled Tolkien? I think it was, but I'm not totally sure.

I love the new cover. It's clean and spare and you get both Tolkien and Aragorn. And congratulations on being done with the maddening corrections.
Edited Date: 2012-07-14 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-07-15 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
It was indeed Ballantine's. You have a better memory than me!

I'm glad you like it. Yes, this way we get both!

After all that text realigning I do feel it will be a miracle in the index is error free but at least I'm done with it now.

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Date: 2012-07-15 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzll.livejournal.com
Oh, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! I do love the balance between the photo and the painting on the back. And congrats on being done with all the corrections! I am all grins and anticipation whenever I think about this *g*

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Date: 2012-07-15 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Oh thank you! I must admit I'm far happier with this option that I thought I would be.

I'm getting excited about it too. Not long now!

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Date: 2012-07-15 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindahoyland.livejournal.com
I'm glad you still have the painting on the back. It looks very smart!

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Date: 2012-07-15 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
I would have been very disappointed to have lost the painting altogether. It's a good compromise, I think.

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Date: 2012-07-15 09:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nierielraina.livejournal.com
Congrats! This is actually something I would enjoy reading when it becomes available. :)

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Date: 2012-07-15 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thanks so much Niri. I would be honoured to have you read it.
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Date: 2012-07-15 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thanks so much Jason. It is a rather neat picture, isn't it!

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Date: 2012-08-01 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] endlessrarities.livejournal.com
Sounds like great progress is being made - the revised version does look more authoritative and academic, I fear...

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Date: 2012-08-03 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
It does look more serious, doesn't it, which I'm not sure is a good thing really.

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