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TCG Letter #277 / Carpenter Letter #125
10 March 1950
Tolkien said that a work of great length could be artificially divided, such as when the Oxford Dictionary had sections labeled "Onomastical – Outing". However the Saga of the Three Jewels and the Rings of Power had only one natural division. With faltering confidence, Tolkien wondered if many beyond his friends would want to read something so long, and if it came out serially that might take the pot, as it were, off the boil. It was not encouraging that Farmer Giles had sold poorly. He found that it had not been widely heard of.