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dpr
2004-05-24 11:08:31 PM
JRR Tolkien's granddaughter (great-granddaughter) lives in the same building as I do.

I've never spoken to her.
 
2004-05-25 12:36:01 AM
I thought that old bugger was dead.
 
2004-05-25 12:36:17 AM
Hopefully the sackesville-baggins' don't get it!
 
2004-05-25 12:39:12 AM
But then they'd have to get up off the couch....

...you can see the bind they're in.
 
2004-05-25 12:40:01 AM
******
**************************** MAYBE HE IS UNDER THE COUCH
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2004-05-25 12:40:02 AM
Given the following his books have created over the decades, I'd hope it would be preserved as a museum, rather than simply turned into a bragging right for an individual fan with too much disposible income.
 
2004-05-25 12:45:29 AM
i'd buy it only if liv tyler comes with it.
 
2004-05-25 12:47:36 AM
Who cares. I want to live in Frodo's house.

RaenonDuiswin: Naw, it'll be demolished and a super Wal-Mart will take it's place.
 
2004-05-25 12:47:53 AM
They should have plenty of money saved up from all those dates they haven't gone on.
 
2004-05-25 12:48:21 AM
And thus, a massive roar of "Mom, I need your credit card" erupted from basements everywhere.
 
2004-05-25 12:49:54 AM
The headline should read "digging in their parents' couch cushions for change".
 
2004-05-25 01:01:00 AM
The latest DVD is out tomorrow... ;)
 
2004-05-25 01:03:19 AM
Who is this Tolkien guy? Why is he so farkin' popular?
 
2004-05-25 01:05:25 AM
any pics?
 
2004-05-25 01:17:15 AM
I'm not buying it! Everyone who lives there...DIES!!!
 
2004-05-25 02:06:19 AM
That idiot lesbian author of that Harry Potter claptrp will buy it, in the hopes that some skill might rub off. Biatch ho moran.
 
2004-05-25 03:01:28 AM
Will orcs attack it if I move in?
 
2004-05-25 04:24:03 AM
maybe we can use it to fuel our star destroyers.

/southpark
 
2004-05-25 04:55:30 AM
Peter Jackson took the Hobbiton set and turned it into a house that he now lives in. Maybe he could buy this for a weekend cottage.
 
2004-05-25 06:36:52 AM
Things I know about this house:
a) Its literally next door to me. I went round for coffee when I moved in. The couple who lived there both died within a week of each other last year. Nice people.

b) It has a potting shed in the back garden where Tolkien did some of his work. It also has another in the front garden which the ex-owner (an ex-don at Trinity College who retired in the early 80s) put in. Tourists take photos of the wrong shed. Which is nice.

c) I wish I owned where I live . Thats the going rate for houses in North Oxford. Damned stockbrokers pushing the prices up.

d) RaenonDuiswin - a museum to a famous person's house in Oxford? So you know, houses within a 300m radius of mine include houses with blue heritage plaques marking T.E. Lawrence's house, C.S. Lewis's house, Cardinal Newman's house and one of the Waughs. If they were all museums we wouldn't have anywhere to live :D Oh yeah, and its a normal frickin' house. Nothing to see I'm afraid...

Also near me is the Brazilian Studies Centre. Which is funny. Lots of shaving going on there. Hahahaha. I make that joke every time I walk home past it.
 
2004-05-25 06:46:10 AM
chrysogenated, do you have any pics? can you get any? I'm just curious as to what the house looks like even though I know you're saying it's just a normal house...but still... :)
 
2004-05-25 08:58:09 AM
It's cheaper to buy in Bagginswood, which is in Worcestershire. Just don't let Golem slip away with your girl, like he did Rob Plant's.
 
2004-05-25 09:09:16 AM
LOTR fans digging in their couch cushions for change

"Their" couch cushions? Their parents', most likely...

/I kid, I kid.
 
2004-05-25 09:09:37 AM
What, Robert Plant isn't going to buy it? Tolkein was to Plant as Crowley was to Page.
 
2004-05-25 09:20:13 AM
2004-05-25 01:01:00 AM puffy999
The latest DVD is out tomorrow... ;)


Um ... I hate to break it to you, but the Snyder's Drug near my home has been selling it for about a week now.
 
2004-05-25 09:27:04 AM
Jeff, you should turn them in. The studios hate people who break release-date agreements. I think there may be a reward.
 
2004-05-25 09:30:57 AM
2004-05-25 09:27:04 AM BunkoSquad

Jeff, you should turn them in.


Hadn't thought of it. All I know is that I bought a widescreen copy for a friend about a week ago. Return of the King, right?
 
2004-05-25 09:38:34 AM
I bet it smells musty and there is mold in the shower.
 
2004-05-25 09:38:36 AM
but are they legal copies, Jeff?
 
2004-05-25 09:40:26 AM
2004-05-25 09:38:36 AM Ashayne
but are they legal copies, Jeff?


Yes, as near as I could tell. Official packaging, official DVD labeling. They also had VHS copies. They had perhaps six copies of the Widescreen, five or six of the Fullscreen, and maybe five VHS copies (which looked like a two-tape set).
 
2004-05-25 10:00:04 AM
I read Tolkien's biography earlier this year. Even without his having written the Middle Earth stories, I was impressed by his life.
In addition to studying and knowing (to various degrees, from rudimentary translation ability to near-fluency) Anglo-Saxon, Old English, Middle English, Gothic, Latin, Greek, Finnish, Old Norse/Icelandic, Spanish, and Welsh, this man also found time to help edit the New English Dictionary, fight in a world war, marry and raise 2 children.... all before he turned 26.

People like this simultaneouly inspire me, and make me feel like a loser. When I was 26 I was still living with my parents and working in a retail store...
 
2004-05-25 10:01:54 AM
Real estate agents said the house, with its original features and large yard, should be a quick sell, even though it needs work.

unless you make a +1 saving throw vs. water damage.

/recovering dork
 
2004-05-25 10:08:22 AM
RaenonDuiswin

Given the following his books have created over the decades, I'd hope it would be preserved as a museum, rather than simply turned into a bragging right for an individual fan with too much disposible income.

Saw the Tolkien exhibit in Oxford a couple years ago. They had is academic robes and a handful of other oddments on display. It was a very small room, taken up mostly with child-size tables and crayons.

With most of his papers locked in distant universities, there's really not a lot to show.

/would knock holes in the walls looking for troll gold
 
2004-05-25 10:15:32 AM
chrysogenated

It has a potting shed in the back garden where Tolkien did some of his work. It also has another in the front garden which the ex-owner (an ex-don at Trinity College who retired in the early 80s) put in. Tourists take photos of the wrong shed. Which is nice.

Which is why it's John Ronald Reuel "Two-Sheds" Tolkien on the cover of all his books. But this is a modern fallacy.
 
2004-05-25 10:38:51 AM
2004-05-24 11:08:31 PM dpr

"JRR Tolkien's granddaughter (great-granddaughter) lives in the same building as I do.

I've never spoken to her."

Would you hit it?
 
2004-05-25 11:29:56 AM
I shall purchase it and then cast it back into the firey pits from which it came.
 
2004-05-25 12:06:52 PM
Is this the house?

 
2004-05-25 12:12:53 PM
I took that picture last March. We walked all over Oxford to find it because yes, we're insane. Here are some pictures from the Eagle and Child pub where the Inklings hung out.
 
2004-05-25 01:21:56 PM
Must have the preciousssss....
/had to be done
 
2004-05-25 01:41:11 PM


Its really kinda small, unless you're short.
 
2004-05-25 02:03:11 PM
The Eagle and Child Pub ? WTF is that? Sounds like it's at MJ's Neverland. Sick.
 
2004-05-25 02:38:55 PM
I will buy it and hire Verne Troyer in hobbit costume as my manservant, with whom I will perform an unnatural act.

/thank you mask man
 
2004-05-25 05:33:52 PM
If I bought the house and put up a tire swing in the back yard--

would that make me Lord of the Swings?
 
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