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TCG Letter #268 / Carpenter Letter #116


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Allen & Unwin Ltd.
Date
5 August 1948
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Allen and Unwin had chosen Milein Cosman to illustrate Farmer Giles of Ham and, after many delays, sent Tolkien samples for his opinion. Tolkien was not interested in the fashionableness of the drawings, being more concerned with their lack of resemblance to the text.

One drawing showed the dragon looking away when the dog was leaving, but the dog in the story found the dragon's tail first, not its head. The farmer was a blusterer bigger than his fellows, yet he lived in a shambling hut when he was a prosperous yeoman or franklin.

Tolkien declared that he was in his publishers' hands if they thought that illustrations wholly out of keeping with his style or manner were necessary.
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