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Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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When did Tolkien first get a secretary to answer his mail, I always thought it was 1965 which is the year after this letter?

You may be thinking of Joy Hill, who began to help Tolkien with his fan mail by mid-1965. Christopher Tolkien has assumed that his father obtained a secretary circa December 1957. The earliest mention we have seen of Tolkien having a secretary is in a letter to Rayner Unwin of 24 February 1959. (See our Chronology, pp. 799-800.)

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Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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The letter is from New Year's Eve 1964.
If he did now have a secretary at this time he would have written the letter himself. What is your feeling regarding style and content.
Did he write it himself? Does it tell anything about him?

Posted on: 2010/2/7 6:48


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I'm pleased that this is what HarperCollins are doing, any ideas about the colour of the dustjacket for the hardback index?

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Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books
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When did Tolkien first get a secretary to answer his mail, I always thought it was 1965 which is the year after this letter?

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They have changed the text to 'based' now instead of 'born' in the article.

The gates appear to be next to the Clock Tower in the university and I am guessing that is what they are really talking about, as this regularly comes up as inspiration for one of "The Two Towers".

If only Tolkien had had an imagination he would not have needed all these inspirations.

Here are some more attempts at defining Tolkien's inspiration in Birmingham.

http://wulfwaru.wordpress.com/2008/09 ... ton-is-really-birmingham/

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