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TCG Letter #559 / Carpenter Letter #197
9 May 1957
Allen and Unwin had sent Tolkien a substantial check for his earnings from The Lord of the Rings. Had he known of the "bombshell" earlier Tolkien said he would have thought seriously of retiring in the upcoming July and would have refused two extra years. Now he would be fined for continuing to work, equivalent to his salary, unless his income tax agent was being unduly gloomy about this new installment. Although aggrieved at being deprived for so many years Tolkien was encouraged by the sales-report, both for himself and for Allen and Unwin.