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TCG Letter #564

J.R.R. Tolkien
Carole Ward
10 August 1964
Typed Letter Signed
Tolkien replies to a question on a dramatization of The Lord of the Rings for BBC 2. His secretary had rediscovered the letter from March and apologises for "such discourtesy".

Tolkien is pleased that Ward enjoyed the book. He says he is against dramatizations of his works, especially The Lord of the Rings which he feels is too long for reproduction. Tolkien believes that any such dramatisation would damage the story, but admits that his publishers interests must also be considered. He continues, saying that Allen and Unwin might still be interested in a proposal.

He closes with mention of an overdue contract and that he will be busy for weeks.

Quotes from the letter appeared in Christie's 20th-Century Books and Manuscripts 6 December 2002.
Christie's 20th-Century Books and Manuscripts, 6 December 2002, Lot 29 estimate GBP 500-800

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