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TCG Letter #19 / Carpenter Letter #17


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Stanley Unwin
Date
15 October 1937
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Complete
Tolkien was pleased that The Hobbit was being well received, though he knows that the two glowing, unsigned reviews in The Times and the Times Literary Supplement were written by his friend C.S. Lewis.

Unwin had written asking about a sequel to The Hobbit, and Tolkien writes about other Middle-earth material he has that he would love to share, but no hobbits. He will put some thought into more hobbit stories.

In a newly published portion in the 2023 revised edition of Letters, Tolkien mentions that his daughter (Priscilla) aged 8, has already distinguished “literary and actual terrors”, but also notes that they had to change the handles on Priscilla's bedroom furniture as the previous ones “grinned” at Priscilla.
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References
A photocopy of this letter was included in a 1987 press packet sent to a Blackwell's executive
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 23-25, p. 435 (Carpenter notes)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 39-42, pp. 618-9 (notas de Carpenter)
The Annotated Hobbit (1988), p. 8 (note 1)


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