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TCG Letter #35 / Carpenter Letter #31

J.R.R. Tolkien
C.A. Furth
24 July 1938
Autograph Letter Signed
The Hobbit should have come out in 1938 instead of 1937, said Tolkien, because in 1939 he would have the time and mood to write the sequel. Current work pressures through September had dried up all invention, the sequel remained where it had stopped, and he had no idea what to do with it. He listed reasons for being stymied.
In this letter Tolkien mentioned that he had rewritten Farmer Giles about 50% longer and read it to the Lovelace Society (the essay club of Worcester College, Oxford) where it was well received. He also offers Mr. Bliss as a potential story that could be published next.
A complete 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. 38-9, p. 436 (Carpenter note)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 60-1, p. 619 (notas de Carpenter)

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