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TCG Letter #618 / Carpenter Letter #243
19 December 1962
Tolkien wished Mick a merry Christmas. After his retirement, so the Professor told, he was short of money, but Allen & Unwin paid his royalties for the very popular The Adventures of Tom Bombadil8,000 copies were sold prior to publication in advance. Ancrene Wisse was in the process of being printed, and Gawain and Pearl were to be, the following year.
1 8,000 copies were sold prior to publication ↩