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TCG Letter #576 / Carpenter Letter #201

J.R.R. Tolkien
Rayner Unwin
7 September 1957
Writing to Rayner Unwin, Tolkien gives some thoughts on the material left with him by Forrest J. Ackerman, including the script of Morton Grady Zimmerman.

Previously, Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull detailed a large portion of this letterChronology, p. 539[1] and those portions are now included in the newly published Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Revised and Updated. Tolkien describes the ending as "badly muffed", stating that the only thing which would make him happier with the script is cash. Ackerman had said that one of their aims was to please the author, to which Tolkien said that would not be easy. He describes the script as a compression, where climaxes are "blurred", people are riding eagles, and "Lorien becomes a fairy-castle". All in all Tolkien was unimpressed.

This letter is held at the 'Tolkien–George Allen & Unwin archive, HarperCollins'.

1 Chronology, p. 539
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