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TCG Letter #238

J.R.R. Tolkien
Mr Earle
12 April 1956
Autograph Letter Signed
Written shortly after the publication of his new trilogy, Tolkien's letter comprises a thoughtful reply to a fan, Mr. Earle, who evidently was so excited that he wrote before he had even finished the series. The reply touches on some of Tolkien's inspirations for Lord of the Rings, steeped in his own academic scholarship and personal interests, and a brief history of the name "Tolkien."

The letter was reproduced in full in the Heritage Auction listing in 2022.

A complete transcript along with the auction advertisement can be seen at the Marquette archives.
Heritage Auction listing, sold on Jul 27, 2022 for $30,000 including buyer's premium
Bradford Morrow, Bookseller, Catalogue Nine, 1980, item 542
California Book Auction Galleries, Highlights from Barry R. Levin Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: Sale 234 catalogue, 28-9 September 1986, lot 1244

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