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Possible unpublished Tolkien letter
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If anyone gets a copy, can you let us know what the article is about?

"JRR Tolkien’s honest, encouraging and practical advice...and the writer who learnt from it"

https://www.writers-online.co.uk/Writing-Magazine/

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Re: Possible unpublished Tolkien letter
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I am answering my own question as I bought a copy of the magazine, Writing Magazine August 2014, today.

The article is about a series of letters between Tolkien and Paula Coston née Iley on writing. Paula had links with Tolkien because her grand-parents lived next door to him, and she met him and Edith as a child.

I cannot find the reproduced letter, dated 6th January 1969, as being published and I do not recall seeing some of Tolkien's comments before, but the 26 August 1965 letter, also partially reproduced below, is mentioned in the Chronology by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond.

The article contains advice from Tolkien on "the gap between one's vision (what one "sees" or "feels") and what words will do.", his childhood and the green dragon anecdote, his views on verse and rhyming and finally on the validity of word coinings.

UPDATE from the Magazine's editor

"Paula did tell me she’s always jealously guarded the letters (and mentioned in the article not letting the biographers see them) so I believe this is the first time the contents will have been published anywhere, at least some of them."

Highly recommended.

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Thanks for letting us know, Trotter! I'll try to order a copy.

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Please forgive me if this isn't the done thing here. The mag can be purchased direct from us here: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/Store ... ters_Joint_-_August_2014/ and we do dispatch internationally.

Thank you for highlighting us like this Trotter.

I really enjoyed this article myself. Wish we could have had a lot more!

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Writing Mag editor wrote:
Please forgive me if this isn't the done thing here.


You are very welcome, "Wish we could have had a lot more!" please find some more?

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