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TCG Letter #556 / Carpenter Letter #194


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Terence Tiller
Date
6 November 1956
Type
Unknown
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Tolkien responds to someone named Tiller regarding a dramatic or semi-dramatic representation of "The Lord of the Rings." Tolkien expresses appreciation for the effort put into the version but raises concerns about the suitability of such treatment for his book. He questions whether listeners unfamiliar with the original text would grasp the plot or understand what is happening, as the condensed space might oversimplify the narrative.

Tolkien suggests that the book is unsuitable for dramatic representation within the allotted time and recommends either more space or rejecting the adaptation as unsuitable. He acknowledges feeling flattered that his book is receiving attention but wonders why this particular form was chosen.
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