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Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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I'd agree with Trotter and others - very nice to see what to all appearances is a real letter! Letters such as this show up for sale every few months or so, but most of those are well known (up for sale more than once as they change hands multiple times).

There is not much scholarly value to your particular letter, but it is very charming!

Posted on: 2010/2/6 13:25
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Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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Max wrote
Since I am totally new in this area, could anyone tell me how often you find a new letter from Tolkien in this forum?


At the moment we tend to see more fake letters than real ones, but Tolkien was a prolific letter writer so they must be a lot of letters from him ready to be found like you did.

Posted on: 2010/2/6 5:50


Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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Since I am totally new in this area, could anyone tell me how often you find a new letter from Tolkien in this forum?

Posted on: 2010/2/5 15:20


Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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I have to agree with Max's comments here.

The teacher could have translated the text herself as she read to the children or just translated words that the children did not understand in English.

Posted on: 2010/2/5 11:26


Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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André wrote:
that you have not only read "The Hobbit" and " The Lord of the Rings" in your own language


I'm not sure if I understand this correctly. Does "in your own language" mean that the children have read German translations (the letter is addressed to a school in Germany) of The Hobbit and LotR? The first German translation of LotR was published in 1969/70 but this letter dates back to 1964. That's five years before the German translation was published.
But maybe I don't get the point


First of all thanks a lot for the quick replies!

Well that is interesting. He possibly meant only the Hobbit (first published in Germany 1957) - Hm...
Or my aunt did her own translation ? Or he misunderstood?
Unfortunately I do not know the original letter from her. Maybe some collector has her letter, that would certainly help.
Well the date is clear on the letter and the envelop.

Posted on: 2010/2/5 11:11



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