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TCG Letter #478 / Carpenter Letter #165

J.R.R. Tolkien
Houghton Mifflin Co.
30 June 1955
Tolkien discusses some questions from The New York Times.

He talks about the name, TOLKIEN, his ancestors, and even though he was born in Africa, he considered himself to be English.

Tolkien commented on his remark about "philology" from a New York Times article. He stated that The Lord of the Rings is not allegorical.

See also Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to The New York Times Book Review • 5 June 1955 (#1016)
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 217-21, p. 446 (Carpenter notes)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 5 (entry for 1896-1899), p. 478 (?May 1955 entry for letter to Harvey Breit), p. 484 (entry for 30 June 1955), p. 818 (see entry for 1898-1899)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 327-32, p. 636 (notas de Carpenter)
J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend, p. 79 (see item 230)
The Lord of the Rings: Souvenir Booklet Commemorating Twenty Five Years of Its Publication, p. 10
Silke Anzinger, "Von Troja nach Gondor.Tolkiens „The Lord of the Rings“ als Epos in vergilischer Tradition," in Vestigia Vergiliana: Vergil-Rezeption in der Neuzeit edited by Thorsten Burkard , Markus Schauer and Claudia Wiener. (2010) pp. 363-401. p. 372 note 32, p. 373 note 36
Marco Cristini "The Fall of Two Cities: Troy and Gondolin." Thersites 15 (2022), p. 3
The Battle of Maldon: together with The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, p. 49 (short quote begins "My name is TOLKIEN" ending "ancestors may have been."
J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend, p. 15 (quote found in introduction to section 2), p. 16 (item 19)

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