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Someone pointed out to me that what looked like a doughnut-shaped object in the picture is (likely) a crucible, a bowl (i.e. with molten metal in it). That's helpful. It was also suggested that the Elf-woman is adding a pinch of some alloy to the molten metal.
 

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The Fall of Númenor might, at first at least, appeal most to fans of the recent Amazon series (which I haven't watched), many of whom are probably not deeply read in Tolkien's books and in some cases might not own any of them; these might be intrigued by Tolkien's Second Age, and will find here a useful compilation. I've mostly avoided reading about the Amazon series, but my impression is that it has given prominence to Galadriel; series fans may be surprised by how minor her presence is in this book. I don't believe the Amazon people have the rights to The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales, the two books where the greatest deal of Tolkien's own writing about the Second Age is to be found, and which must supply the bulk of the present book. In short, perusal of The Fall of Númenor may suggest to Amazon series fans how little the series is actually indebted to Tolkien.

"had withdraw" (sic, p. 205).
 

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Lee's picture of Elves forging a ring puzzled me. There are three foreground figures, two of them male, one of the male Elves operating a bellows and the other apparently holding tongs. But the third figure is an Elf-woman, which in itself seemed out of place since Tolkien refers to the Elf-smiths as a "brotherhood" and never refers to Elf-women being involved in such crafts, certainly not in the production of rings. Also, if she is supposed to be a smith, she isn't dressed as one but rather in a flowing robe. Then also I wondered what Lee thought she was doing, her right hand extended over the glowing coals in which lies... a very large ring indeed, so that (if the irreverence is pardonable) it looks like she is perhaps sprinkling a pinch of salt on a jumbo bagel.

There's a fourth figure, also female, who, apart from context, might be thought to be grating a clove of garlic or the like.

So as I say it's a puzzling picture.
I suspect the Elf-woman in the flowing gown/robe is supposed to be Galadriel... because Galadriel seems to be the only magically inclined, witchy-elf around. :rolleyes: ... Alright - took a look at the painting - not Galadriel. I'm not sure I would be wearing that much flapping material (cloak, robe, sleeves etc) while working around an open flame like that. Crispy/singed elf is bound to happen if they work like that.

I actually prefer John Howe's artwork, or Michael Kaluta (did 1 calendar), or some of the newer artists featured in the 2023 Tolkien Calendar, to that of Lee.

BTW: Do you have the Harper Collins or the William Morris edition? I'm not sure what the difference is (other than price, and possibly size) since William Morris is an imprint of Harper.
 
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Elentarri, I have the HarperCollins. It says it was printed in Italy. This was the trade edition, not a deluxe one.
 

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I should finish the audiobook of The Player of Games on the ride home tonight. Surface Detail (read by Peter Kenny) will be my next read… err, listen.

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And just one more :)


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This was an online haul. I was in Brisbane (Australia) a few weeks back, first time and so I visited as many second hand bookstores as I could which was still only a few but it included a couple of big and specialty ones. I was hoping to come away with a real haul and instead I think I got like two Fantasy Masterworks and no Crime (or SF hardcovers).

Was so annoyed I came home and went a little nuts online.
 
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Nice haul, Vince. Jealous of the Greg Bear and David Weber hardcovers.
 

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Adrian Tchaikovsky is becoming my go to guy for Science Fiction. I just took delivery of a signed copy of Children of Memory. (It might be a first edition, too.)

I have the trilogy entire now, so one reading goal for 2023 is to read them.
 

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Convergence by the beautifully named Zoraida Cordova. Another signed (and possibly first) edition from Forbidden Planet.

I also bought The Art of the High Republic

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I bought a few books for 0.99 pence on Amazon.

Beyond the Hallowed Sky by Ken MacLeod
Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.
 

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A 1909 Chatto & Windus reprint with lots of illustrations. This is the edition Arthur Machen recommended, as far as I can tell. It replaces a rather beat-up reprint from another publisher. That’s Martha, rescued in September. Her blue-eyed companion declined to have his portrait taken with Twain’s book.
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