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  • Can anyone tell me why the copyright of "Bilbo's Last Song" is owned by the Order of the Holy Paraclete? Tolkien gave the poem, and its copyright, to his friend and sometime secretary Joy Hill, and when Joy died in 1991, she bequeathed the copyright to the Order of the Holy Paraclete. We don't know the circumstances, but this is definitely the case. Pauline Baynes's art for Bilbo...
    Wayne G. Hammond Mar 7, 2014
  • I believe the statements of the poster who calls himself "RealityChuck" in the following thread from a message board about the copyright issues aren't correct: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=714480 Could someone give a more accurate account? Most of your response to RealityChuck is correct, Wendell, except where you say that "there was no significant...
    Wayne G. Hammond Jan 31, 2014
  • Scull & Hammond's Companion & Guide says nothing in the entries for Payton and Barrowclough about their deaths, and seems to say in particular that Barrowclough, at least, is known to have survived the war. I haven't checked chronology entries or their addenda, but if they don't know what became of these men, there's probably nothing to be known from available sources. Both...
    Wayne G. Hammond Dec 22, 2013
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  • Would there have been a difference also in what kind of locations were used for lectures and classes? In my experience the difference between what I might call a lecture theatre (usually with built up rows of seats for the audience) and a class room (with everything at the same level — possibly with a raised dais for the teacher) means quite a lot to the dynamics of teaching (the...
    Wayne G. Hammond Jun 15, 2013
  • You're defining the difference, then, between lecturing and "lecturing". That level of minute precision of nomenclature I can't follow you on. If he talked for an hour to a class, whether he was willing to be interrupted and enter into side discussions or not, he was lecturing, whether it was what the university formally called a "lecture" or not. It would have been a meaningful...
    Wayne G. Hammond Jun 15, 2013
  • >The evidence of this period (so far as we're aware of it) >indicates that Tolkien tutored only students from the women's >colleges, and gave no lectures, though he did briefly teach a >class on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I knew of this, and read that as meaning lecturing. At Tolkien's Oxford, lectures and classes weren't the same. Lectures were given to (at least potentially...
    Wayne G. Hammond Jun 15, 2013
  • Tolkien also tutored and lectured at the university during the same period, in 1919-20, that he was working on the Dictionary. The evidence of this period (so far as we're aware of it) indicates that Tolkien tutored only students from the women's colleges, and gave no lectures, though he did briefly teach a class on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in Trinity Term 1920, beginning...
    Wayne G. Hammond Jun 15, 2013
  • Christopher Tolkien has stated in writing that the writing and publication of The Hobbit in the 1930's had no influence at all on Tolkien's ongoing expansion and revisions of his legendarium. We couldn't be at Valparaiso so haven't heard any of this discussed, and would be interested to know where Christopher stated this in writing. Wayne & Christina
    Wayne G. Hammond Jun 12, 2013
  • I just learned via Andrew Wells that Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull are Locus Award finalists for their book, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien . I hope you will all join me in congratulating them and wishing them luck! The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, June 28-30, 2013 (that's just across town for me!). You can read...
    Wayne G. Hammond May 9, 2013
  • Wendell wrote: I don't think this has been previously mentioned here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/3-minute-tolkien-gary-raymond/1112371134?ean=9781435145221 We blogged about it recently, at http://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/tolkien-notes-6/ . Wayne & Christina
    Wayne G. Hammond Apr 28, 2013