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TAI #37: 1 item

TAI #37Idril Celebrindal plaque with heraldic device

Inscribed above in Tengwar in blue pencil, “Menelluin Irildeo Ondolindello”; in Latin characters in pencil to the lower right, “Idril’s Device / The ‘Cornflower‘ pattern / Menelluin. / Origin of (often / debased) Numenorean / circular patterns”; and in Latin characters below, “Inlaid plaque / preserved from Gondolin / & descending from Earendil / to Númenor, whence it was / saved by Elendil & taken to / Gondor”. MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 12r shows that Hammond & Scull‘s orientation is correct, and that the diameter (unclear as to inner or pencil guide) is 54mm — though this was crossed out and not emended)

Bodleian MS. Tolkien Drawings 91, fol. 11r
heraldic devices
colored pencil pencil
emblems · insignia plants · flowers · grasses
Idril Celebrindal
YearSourceH&APageFigureNotes
1973’74 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·6back coverbottom rightdevice only
1977’78 Calendar (Unwin) E·ii·15Apriltop left of centerdevice only; [unsure of orientation]
1977The Silmarillion A·15dust jacket (back)centerdevice only
1978’79 Desk Calendar (Ball.) E·ii·20Julyverso, rightdevice only
1979Pictures 1 E·i·2[105]47, lower middledevice only
1992Life & Legend 77218
1992Life & Legend 91leftdevice only; black & white
1995Art. & Ill. 192189
2018Maker of Middle-earth [237]item 79device and title inscription only

Note: The omission of greeting cards and jigsaw puzzles from the above list of sources is intentional.

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