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TCG Letter #9 / Carpenter Letter #9


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Susan Dagnall
Date
4 January 1937
Type
Autograph Letter Signed, Manuscript/Proof Document
Transcript
Complete
Tolkien details work he has recently completed on maps for The Hobbit, as well as other suggestions.

Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that there are six pictures enclosed which are Mirkwood, The Elvenking's Gate, Lake Town, and The Front Gate.See Artist and Illustrator, figs. 88, 121, 127, 130; Art of The Hobbit, figs. 47, 58, 66, 68. Hammond/Scull note further that "Lake Town is based on an earlier drawing, Esgaroth (Artist and Illustrator, fig. 126; Art of The Hobbit, fig. 65)."[1]


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

1 See Artist and Illustrator, figs. 88, 121, 127, 130; Art of The Hobbit, figs. 47, 58, 66, 68. Hammond/Scull note further that "Lake Town is based on an earlier drawing, Esgaroth (Artist and Illustrator, fig. 126; Art of The Hobbit, fig. 65)."
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J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator, figs. 88, 121, 127, 130
A complete photocopy of this letter was included in a 1987 press packet sent to a Blackwell's executive
This letter is ALS but also contained manuscript/proof documents. "In 1937 alone Tolkien wrote 26 letters to George Allen & Unwin and received 31 letters in return. On Tolkien’s part these were all in handwriting...", Remembrancer, p. 75


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