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TCG Letter #631 / Carpenter Letter #257


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Bretherton
Date
16 July 1964
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien assured Bretherton that typing was not a discourtesy. He usually typed since his handwriting tended to start fair but then drift into picturesque inscrutability. His dream was to have an electric typewriter fitted with Fëanorian script. He had typed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings on his bed in an attic.

At the time this letter was written Tolkien was living at 76 Sandfield Road, Headington. When he had moved in it had been a cul-de-sac, but it had been opened up and had for a time become a lorry by-pass. The neighbors produced non-stop noise from radios, teles, dogs, scooters, buzzbikes, and cars from early morn to about 2 a.m., and three doors away were young men trying to become a "Beatle Group", producing indescribable noise.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 344-49, p. 451 (Carpenter note)
Marco Cristini "The Fall of Two Cities: Troy and Gondolin." Thersites 15 (2022), p. 4
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 493-8, p. 643 (notas de Carpenter)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 653, see also pp. 175-6 (entry for 'Late August-?early September 1932'), pp. 192-3 (?1936-?1937), and pp. 842-3 (note on '?1936-?1937).
The Annotated Hobbit (1988), p. 61, p. 149


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