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TCG Letter #275 / Carpenter Letter #123


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Milton Waldman
Date
5 February 1950
Type
Draft
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien writes to Milton Waldman of the Collins Publishing co., who he had been introduced to in 1949. Waldman had been interested in publishing the Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings together as Tolkien had preferred. Since Allen and Unwin had turned down The Silmarillion, Tolkien considered changing publishers. He sent Waldman a copy of The Lord of the Rings but felt guilty since he imagined that it had weighed down Waldman's holiday.

Tolkien believed that he was under no legal obligation to Allen and Unwin after they had rejected The Silmarillion but accepted and published Farmer Giles of Ham, thus satisfying his contract to supply them with a sequel to The Hobbit.


Additional portions of this letter are restored in the 2023 revised edition of Letters, with Tolkien mentioning his brother Hilary's health, having trouble recalling a prior letter he hadn't kept a copy of, and noting that he has written to Sir Stanley Unwin, going into more detail about how The Silmarillion is related to The Lord of the Rings and that they need to be published together.

Tolkien will in 1951 write a long letter to Waldman summarising the entire corpus of his Silmarillion and Rings cycle.Carpenter #131: Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldman • 1951 (late) (#152)[1]
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