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(did you mean Carpenter's Letter #164?)

TCG Letter #164 / Carpenter Letter #255

J.R.R. Tolkien
Eileen Elgar
5 March 1964
Typed Letter Signed
Eileen Elgar wrote to Tolkien asking for information about The Silmarillion. Included in his reply was a nine page manuscript, with genealogical tree illustration and a two page letter of which a small section related to the poem 'Fastitocalon' was published as letter 255 in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Originally sold by Sotheby's in 1984, reproducing a few select quotes. Tolkien says (... I now enclose a long screed that I wrote in answer to your remarks about the poem called 'The Hoard', and also to give you some idea of what my proposed book, The Silmarillion is about...). The letter also discusses etymological questions arising out of translation of the High Elven tongue into Shire speech.

In June 2022 Heritage Auctions listed the letter and the manuscript 'Concerning... The Hoard' along with the genealogical table 'Kinship of the Half-elven' for sale on their website.
Related Letters
J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography, Di1, p. 350; Dii59, p. 363
Beyond Bree, May 1985
Beyond Bree, June 1985
"The Other Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien", compiled by Jorge Quinonez (early 1990s), p. 5
Sotheby's Catalogue of English Literature and English History, 6-7 December 1984, lot 276, sold for £2,200 including buyers premium
Heritage Auction 2022 July 16 Historical Platinum Session Signature Auction #6258 , lot 42010, sold for $150,000 including buyers premium

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