J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the poem entitled 'Goblin Feet' on 27 - 28 April 1915 to please Edith Bratt. Even though Tolkien later wrote that he "wish[ed] the unhappy little thing, representing all that I came (so soon after) to fervently dislike, could be buried for ever'' (see Book of Lost Tales, part 1, page 32), at least one early reader was impressed with the poem, for Edith and Tolkien were married the next year.
'Goblin Feet' was published in Oxford Poetry 1915 and subsequently reprinted in an anthology entitled 'Fifty New Poems for Children'. This item, thus represents Tolkien‚s first work published in book form. This book is quite scarce and is not recorded in Hammond and Anderson‚s bibliography of Tolkien‚s writings. Interestingly, Tolkien‚s name is misspelled three times in this book as "Tolkein", in the table of contents, on the page where the poem appears, and in the index.
OTHER POETS INCLUDED:
E. L. Duff
E. F. A. Geach
E. Wyndham Tennant
DATE OF PUBLICATION: First edition, 2nd impression with the 1924 in Roman Numerals on the title page
CONDITION: overall Very Good, with tight binding and text in good condition internally (that is, no foxing, marks, underlining, or torn pages. The paper label missing a few pieces from spine; paper illustration on front cover only lightly soiled. BINDING: charcoal paper over original boards, with black and white woodcut by C.T. Nightingale pasted on front board; paper edges are rough cut but show no tears or foxing.
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