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TCG Letter #556 / Carpenter Letter #194


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Terence Tiller
Date
6 November 1956
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien had made two rapid readings of three episodes sent to him by Tiller and decided to make some comments before it was too late. He did not offer criticism in detail and wished Tiller's effort success.

While Tolkien was flattered and pleased by the attention to the book, he asked why present it in this form? The older art of reading would have been better than drama, with an emphasis on dialogue with the settings removed.

Tolkien admitted a lack of experience in the medium. He was not criticizing Tiller's text but sighing for something different. But can a tale told epically be successfully recast as a drama?
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