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Who is this letter sent to?

It came from Holland and I suppose Tolkien was writing to someone in Holland. No enveloppe remains, just now it was sent to "reverend father" and the name Miss Tombrock is mentioned.

Anyone any clues?

Posted on: 2008/10/24 2:43


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Who indeed? At least you have it now!

Posted on: 2008/10/24 5:02
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Beren, by chance did you acquire this letter from the same source as the Arthur Tolkien card you show in another post? Because I find it interesting that the envelope written by JRRT but now associated with the Arthur Tolkien card has a postmark with the same date -- 27 September 1936 -- as the letter to "Reverend Father". If this envelope and the letter in fact are meant to go together, then the letter is to the Reverend Professor Aurelius Pompen, Professor of English at the Catholic University of Nijmegen.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 5:04


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No actually I did find the postcard in the envelope at a bookfair about 6 or 7 years ago...

And bought the letter about a year ago from the tolkienshop in Leiden.

I never thought to connect the two together, the one saying Referend Father, the other one Prof.

The envelope is small and the letter seems to only have one plee, like it had to sit in a larger envelope. But will look a bit closer this evening.

that would be a huge coincidence!

Posted on: 2008/10/24 5:15


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The envelope is addressed not only to "Professor" but to "Rev. Professor" (indeed, to "Rev. Professor Dr."). The "Rev." in addition to the postmark date makes it very suggestive.

If the envelope does belong with the letter, it would seem, then, that they once had a common owner but were separated in the marketplace. Such things do happen.

Wayne

Posted on: 2008/10/24 7:31



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