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Recently, I've been trying to trace unpublished or hard-to-find letters by Tolkien.

Does anyone happen to know if the Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis contains only letters from C.S. Lewis (like The Letters of JRRT)? I guess this is the case, although the volumes might give a hint of letters sent to Lewis from Tolkien which were not included in The Letters of JRRT.

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I have the "Letters of C.S. Lewis" edited by W.H.Lewis first printed in 1966 by Bles.

This is not the same book that you mention, but this book has a couple of problems that relate to your enquiry. It has no index, so it is difficult to find all Tolkien references and it also appears to not have a single letter addressed directly to Tolkien.

The "Collected Letters" edited by Walter Hooper are in three volumes and it looks like volume two may contain some letters sent to Tolkien.

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I'm planning to buy the three volumes of Collected Letters in a near future. I'll post here to let you know of any clues of unpublished letters by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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If you are just interested in Lewis/Tolkien letters then as I mentioned earlier just buy Volume Two.

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Yes, Lewis's _Collected Letters_ contains only letters written by Lewis. There's one to Tolkien in Volume 2; the one where Lewis praises LotR - 'Uton herian holbytlas', etc. (Oct. 27, 1949). Another is to be found in Vol.3.

Reading Lewis's letters can never be said to be a waste; there's a lot of good stuff in there. And there's quite a few mentions of Tolkien throughout the three volumes. But I can't sift through the great mass to find snippets of what might be letters from T. to L. A better bet, for my money, is Scull and Hammond's two-volume 'JRR Tolkien: A Companion and Guide_ which has parts of many previously unpublished letters - from auction catalogues, for example - and also select extracts from Tolkien's diary. All in all - a must!

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