Many thanks, Doug, and many thanks for all who said nice things about
the book here; I really appreciate it. I've been meaning to respond
to each one but I've been on the road off and on for what a while now
and it's been hard to get on-line, much less have time to make a well-
considered response. So let me just say that after having worked on
it for so long, it's good to have it out there, and actually have
people reading it. I'm looking forward to hearing from folks what
they think about specific bits in it; please let me know what parts
you found interesting, what you agreed with and what you didn't, what
you'd most want to know that I didn't cover, &c.
By the way, it looks like I'm going to be able to add the missing
appendix to the trade paperback edition due out next year in England:
I had Appendix V drafted but had to abandon it in order to get the
index done in time. It's a listing of the people Tolkien sent his
author's copies of THE HOBBIT to. Not something whose absence leaves
a gaping hole, but it's nice to be able to include it; wraps things
Thanks again to Doug and all.
On Oct 31, 2007, at 7:01 PM, Doug Kane wrote:
> I received my copy in the mail today! I have only had a chance to
> glance at it, but I am already very excited. Thank you, John, for
> what promises to be a wonderful resource.