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TCG Letter #84


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
G.E. Selby
Date
14 December 1937
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Complete
Tolkien apologizes for the delay in replying due to his poor health. writes that he prefers his own mythology which The Hobbit only briefly touches upon, mixed with Eddaic-named dwarves and Anglo-Saxon runes. Tolkien says that his children do not approve of the stories that were for them originally being made public and profited from. His employers were not happy at first with the book being published, but felt better as good reviews came in. Tolkien describes his own illustrations as bad. Tolkien closes with a note about Smaug who's name is defired from the Icelandic smjúga.

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References
J.R.R. Tolkien : The Hobbit Drawings, Watercolors, and Manuscripts exhibition catalogue, p. 4
J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography, Dii36, p. 359; Dii66, p. 365
Sotheby's Nineteenth Century and Modern First Editions, Presentation Copies, Autograph Letters and Literary Manuscripts 28-29 July 1977, Lot 537


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