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TCG Letter #34 / Carpenter Letter #30


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Rütten & Loening Verlag
Date
July 25th 1938
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Complete
Rütten & Loening Verlag, a German publisher, had enquired about the possibility of a translation of The Hobbit, and asked about his ancestry and Aryan-ness.

Tolkien sent two drafts to his publisher. This longer draft appears in Carpenter's Letters and states that he thought the matter of his Aryan-ness was not what they were after. They would much rather have liked to know whether he was Jewish. He told them he was not - but he regretted that he had no Jewish blood.

Unwin sent the second, shorter letter to Rütten & Loening Verlag.
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References
A photocopy of this letter was included in a 1987 press packet sent to a Blackwell's executive
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 37-38, p. 436 (Carpenter note)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 59-60, p. 619 (notas de Carpenter)
Error in 2023 revised edition: Flindustani > Hindustani, p. 48


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