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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.

In the initial paragraph, elided by Carpenter in all editions, Tolkien mentions that he understands why they don't like his proposed translator, but asks to be given an opportunity to comment and make suggestions before publication if they arrange their own translation.

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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