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6593Re: [mythsoc] a question on Father Christmas Letters

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  • Wayne G. Hammond
    Nov 7, 2002
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      Vincent wrote:

      >A new edition of Tolkien's Father Christmas Letters is to be published in
      French ; but there is one thing I do not understand :
      >I think it is a reference to a brand : in December 1932, Tolkien mentions
      twice "the Hornby things" among the toys that Father Christmas keeps in his
      cellars... does it ring a bell to you ? is it a famous brand before the
      war, which would still be famous in England ? I thought Mythsoc might be of
      great help in this matter !

      My English wife saw this and immediately said "toy trains", which is
      correct: Hornby are still the leading brand of model trains in the U.K.
      They have a website, www.hornby.co.uk, which however doesn't want to let me
      in this morning.

      Wayne Hammond
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