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TCG Letter #507 / Carpenter Letter #246


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Eileen Elgar
Date
22 September 1963
Type
Autograph/Typed Letter Signed
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien answers questions about The Lord of the Rings, especially regarding the failure of Frodo.

Marquette archives have a partial transcript along with the auction advertisement. The original letter was typed with a handwritten post script.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 325-33, p. 450 (Carpenter notes)
J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography, Di1, p. 350; Dii59, p. 363
Pity, Power, and Tolkien's Ring: To Rule the Fate of Many, p. 5, p. 7, p. 45, p. 55, p. 72, p. 110, p. 134, p. 166, p. 205, p. 207, p. 209, p. 218, pp. 230-2, p. 244, p. 273n3&6
Beyond Bree, May 1985
Lion Heart Autographs Catalogue 12. The description for item 102 includes quotes from a letter to Eileen Elgar, dated 22 September 1963, discussing The Lord of the Rings.
Craig A. Boyd, "Nolo Heroizari: Tolkien and Aquinas on the Humble Journey of Master Samwise" in Christianity & Literature 2019, Vol. 68(4), p. 607, p. 608, p. 619 note 3
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 469-78, p. 642 (notas de Carpenter)
"The Other Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien", compiled by Jorge Quinonez (early 1990s), pp. 3-4
Sotheby's English Literature and English History 6-7 December 1984, lot 277, sold for £990 including buyers premium


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