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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 letter is the longer draft appears in Carpenter's Letters. Tolkien has been asked if he has Aryan blood, and he thinks they are really asking if he is Jewish. He states that he regrets that he is not. If things continue, he will regret having some German heritage.

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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