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TCG Letter #28 / Carpenter Letter #25


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Editor of the Observer
Date
20 February 1938
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
On 16 January 1938 the Observer newspaper published a letter asking about the The Hobbit's links to Beowulf and other branches of mythology, as well as the literary and philological origins of Tolkien's Hobbits. In this letter, printed in the newspaper on 20 February 1938, Tolkien provided a thorough reply. He confirmed the debt he owed to Beowulf, though he thought it was largely unconscious. Tolkien then gave the origins of some of the names he can trace.

Tolkien had been alerted to the letter published in the Observer by G.H. White from the Oxford Examinations School. Letter from G.H. White to J.R.R. Tolkien • 18 January 1938 (#2024)[1]

This letter is held at the Bodleian Library among their Tolkien Papers.
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