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TCG Letter #152 / Carpenter Letter #131

J.R.R. Tolkien
Milton Waldman
1951 (late)
Tolkien wrote this letter to Milton Waldman[1] . Tolkien wanted his publisher, George Allen & Unwin, to publish both The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, but George Allen & Unwin were only interested in publishing The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was approached by Milton Waldman from the Collins publishing house and Milton had initially expressed an interest in publishing both books, but was now struggling to justify both the length of the books and the content to Collins.

Tolkien sent "a brief sketch of my stuff that is connected with my imaginary world". This is one of the most important of Tolkien's Letters, as it shows how in Tolkien's mind The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion are connected, and why both needed to be published.

The very lengthy Letter is broken up into various parts and gives an excellent synopsis of the books

  • An introduction
  • The First Age
  • The Second Age
  • The Third Age
  • A summary of The Lord of the Rings

In the 2023 revised edition of Letters, significant material is restored, describing in detail the plot and structure of The Lord of the Rings, book by book. Also, a detailed list at the end of the letter shows all the material that Tolkien would like considered for publication.
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 143-61, pp. 442-43 (Carpenter notes)
Pity, Power, and Tolkien's Ring: To Rule the Fate of Many, pp. 1-4, pp. 20-3, p. 119, p. 248, p. 249, p. 268n5, p. 269n6, p. 275n5, p. 275n6, p. 283n16, p. 287n42
The History of Middle-earth: Vol. 09 - Sauron Defeated, pp. 129-132 a long segment is given, previously unpublished but since included in the revised and expanded Letters
Isabelle Pantin, L’ombre de Troie dans l’œuvre de Tolkien, see p. 151, p. 159 notes 1 & 2, (Many thanks to Tom Hillman for providing us with references from this article)
Craig A. Boyd, "Nolo Heroizari: Tolkien and Aquinas on the Humble Journey of Master Samwise" in Christianity & Literature 2019, Vol. 68(4), p. 607, p. 616, p. 618
Error in hardcover and Kindle editions: Captains of the Black Riders > Captain of the Black Riders p. 226. The Men who appear are mainly those of the Three Houses of the Fathers of them>Men ["them" in 1981 _Letters_ too, "Men" in _Silmarillion_] p. 208. Book 1 chapter III > Book I chapter II p. 230. better and nobler son of Men > sort of Men p. 214
Marco Cristini "The Fall of Two Cities: Troy and Gondolin." Thersites 15 (2022), pp. 15-16 note, p. 17, p. 18
Beren and Lúthien, p. 12 Preface
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 213-44, p. 631 (notas de Carpenter)
The Silmarillion, pp. xiv-xxix
Michael Livingston, "Troy and the Rings:Tolkien and the Medieval Myth of England," Mythlore 32.1 (2013), pp. 75-93. cites from #131 on p. 75, 77n8, p. 80, p. 82n17, p. 82n18, p. 85n22 ['Letters', 1981].

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