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TCG Letter #296 / Carpenter Letter #129


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Stanley Unwin
Date
10 September 1950
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
For the new edition of The Hobbit, Tolkien's publishers asked for the "precise wording" for a note that explained the changes. People who had read both versions had told Tolkien that the alteration was an improvement, apart from its relationship to a sequel.

He now had two printed versions of a crucial incident. Either the first must be portrayed as a mere miswriting or there must be an explanation for the existence of two versions. The former was his original intention but was awkward if the pretense of depending on historic records was to be maintained.
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