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From J.R.R. Tolkien

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1913

3 January 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#44


This letter from Tolkien was began at midnight on his 21st birthday. He writes that his love for Edith remains and that he wants to marry her. He was no...
January 1913 (after 3 January but no later than 7 January)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Tolkien
#1134


Tolkien replies to Ediths letter and they arrange to meet on 8 January. This letter, although not dated, was written shortly after Tolkiens letter at mi...
15 January 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#998


Tolkien writes to Edith, making mention of the amount of kisses she will owe him for the work he does each week.
17 January 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#999


Tolkien, now reunited with Edith, writes that he will focus more on his studies.
24 January 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1000


Tolkien writes to Edith, saying he is very tempted to slacking off.
26 January 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1135


Writing to Edith, Tolkien says that she is a figure he is waiting for and says he would recognise her even in twilight.
1 February 1913
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#45


Tolkien has marked his place on this postcard, showing where he sits for meals at Exeter College. He attended Holy Communion in the morning and is due t...
April 1913 (no earlier than 7 April and no later than 27 April)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rob Gilson
#1137


Results from Honour Moderations had been published in the Times, 8 April Tolkien was listed in the Second Class. He wrote to Rob Gilson to inform him of...
June 1913 (before 9 June)
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.B. Smith
#1139


No details of this letter are currently known but G.B. Smith replies to it on 9 June to ask Tolkien about obtaining furniture, etc. for his rooms. He wa...
June 1913 (before June 10)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rob Gilson
#1141


Tolkien writes a long letter to Rob Gilson some time before 10 June when Gilson replies. Noted in Chronology, he says he is enjoying the Oxford English ...
ca. 10 June 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rob Gilson
#1143


Tolkien replies to Gilson Tolkien saying he will be in Warwick until 28 June. asking if Tolkien will be attending some social dates in Birmingham.
29 July 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1145


It is assumed Tolkien wrote to Edith in the evening after meeting the Mexican boys that day who he will accompany to Paris. At Charing Cross he meets Mr...
30 July 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1146


Tolkien again writes to Edith, assumed to be upon his arrival in Paris. He mentions further his impression of the boys in his letter of the previous day.
10 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1147


Writing to Edith after a day trip to Brittany, Tolkien remarks on its tourist look of dirty papers and bathing machines.
13 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Killion
#43


In late July, Tolkien is hired by a Mr. Killion to accompany two Mexican boys on a visit to Paris where their two aunts and brother would join them. Tol...
15 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Killion
#1104


Writing from the Hôtel des Champs Elysées to Mr Killion, Tolkien recounts the problems following the death of Ángela. Julia, their other aunt has sai...
17 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Killion
#1105


Writing again to Mr. Killion, Tolkien updates him on happenings in Paris. He and Ventura attended Mass and they dined with Madame Cervantes again.
18 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Killion
#1106


Tolkien again writes to Mr Killion, convinced that the boys should not return to Mexico but continue their education at Stonyhurst.
18 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1148


Writing to Edith again Tolkien says he is certain that he will not be required to travle to Mexico to bring the Mexican boys back for school at Stonyhur...
20 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Killion
#1107


Tolkien is concerned that the boys need entertainment and has bought various books cheap for them to read such as King Solomons Mines.
23 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Killion
#1108


Tolkien and the boys remained in Paris for another 7 days but no further details can currently be found regarding this letter.
29 August 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1149


Writing to Edith Tolkien tells her he and the boys will be leaving France the next day. They will arrive at Southampton and travel to Hampshire and stay...
10 October 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1152


Upon his return to Oxford, Tolkien writes a letter to Edith who he had visited in Warwick before he visited Birmingham.
3 November 1913
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#46


Tolkien writes to Edith about registering as a reader at the Bodleian Library.
5 December 1913
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Editor, King Edward's School Chronicle
#1153


Tolkien writes to the editor of KESC after a request for information about life of the experiences of Old Edwardians at Oxford. Tolkien signed the lette...
?17 - ?19 December 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1184


Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that Tolkien informs his T.C.B.S. friends of his engagement to Edith, though he does not give any details of E...
?17 - ?19 December 1913
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rob Gilson
#1185


Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that Tolkien informs his T.C.B.S. friends of his engagement to Edith, though he does not give any details of E...

1914

14 January 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1186


Writing to Edith, Tolkien remarks that the life they can look forward to will be made all the more joyful given they are both orphans.
17 February 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Marianne Cary Gilson
#1187


Rob Gilson writes to his stepmother, Marianne Cary Gilson after a weekend in Oxford with Christopher Wiseman, T.K. Barnsley, G.B. Smith and Tolkien. A s...
28 February 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1188


Tolkien writes to Edith, complaining of his prospects of employment, as he sees them.
5 August 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1189


Tolkien writes to Edith about his hikes in Cornwall with Father Vincent Reade of the Birmingham Oratory. The two were visiting the Lizard Peninsula from...
8 August 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1119


Tolkien writes to Edith about his hikes in Cornwall with Father Vincent Reade of the Birmingham Oratory. The two were visiting the Lizard Peninsula from...
11 August 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1190


Tolkien writes to Edith about his hikes in Cornwall with Father Vincent Reade of the Birmingham Oratory. The two were visiting the Lizard Peninsula from...
14 August 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1191


Tolkien writes to Edith about his hikes in Cornwall with Father Vincent Reade of the Birmingham Oratory. The two were visiting the Lizard Peninsula from...
August 16 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1120


Tolkien looks forward to seeing Edith in three days. Tolkien writes to Edith about his hikes in Cornwall with Father Vincent Reade of the Birmingham Ora...
23 August 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to May Incledon
#1192


While staying in Northgate, Warwick at the White House, Tolkien writes to his aunt May Incledon. No other details are currently available.
30 August 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Stafford
#1193


While staying in Northgate, Warwick at the White House, Tolkien writes to a Mrs. Stafford in Oxford to say that he will be back for term time.
11 October 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1194


Writing to Edith on the first day of Michaelmas Full Term, Tolkien describes the situation at Oxford. His college is empty and the Examinations School h...
13 October 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1195


Writing to Edith, Tolkien mentions that Oxford is a place of gloom.
c. 22 or 23 (or 26*) October 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1
 Carpenter #1



Written during Tolkiens final undergraduate year at Oxford. Describes his studies and social interactions. Note on the dating of this letter: Humphrey C...
22 October 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1334


Tolkien mentions that drill is a godsend. He has exercise 3 mornings a week before getting to books which he says suits him well. We wrongly atributed t...
Before 15 November 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1197


Writing to Wiseman Tolkien notes that the power of the T.C.B.S. can shake the world.
9 November 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1121


Tolkien writes to Wiseman about nationalism the evening before a debate at the Stapledon Society on this same topic.
16 November 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1110


Writing to his friend, after reading parts of Wisemans letter to G.B. Smith, Tolkien agrees that the group (T.C.B.S.) has drifted apart but that it is i...
27 November 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#2
 Carpenter #2



Writing to Edith, Tolkien describes his day. He had dinner with a man called Earp and attends a meeting of the Essay Club where he reads from his Voyage...
29 November 1914
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#141


Tolkien opens by saying he has to write after reading Ediths letter again. He describes various things he has been doing in the military, school and chu...
29 November 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1199


Tolkien describes his evening manoeuvres with the cadets to Edith in this letter. The cadets fall in near the Bodleian Library. Tolkien describes the we...

1915

?after 2 March 1915, no later than the morning of 11 March 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1204


Tolkien writes saying he has set himself a specific day for replying to letters and evidently suggests a meeting of the group.
?10-15 March
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.B. Smith
#1206


It is evident that Tolkien replied to Smiths letter requesting typewritten copies of his poems (see #TCGLetter1203) but this is not dated in Chronology.
Before 26 March 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1210


Tolkien sends a postcard to Christopher Wiseman in which he suggests some dates (11 or 17 April 1915) for a meeting of the T.C.B.S. The exact dating of ...
4 April 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1215


Noted as existing by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, but they did not see the letter and no further information is currently known of its contents. I...
6 April 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1217


Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that Tolkien sent a postcard to Wiseman but that they have not seen it. We have no further information at pres...
10 April 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1218


Noted by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, Tolkien writes to Wiseman, and possibly relays news on G.B. Smith. Wiseman will reply on the same day say...
12 April 1915 (Telegram)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1221


Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that Tolkien sends Wiseman a telegram before he receives a letter from G.B. Smith (#TCGLetter1220) and that Wi...
16 April 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1226


Tolkien replies to Wisemans letter from the previous day (#TCGLetter1225) saying that he cannot join him and his family at the weekend.
1 June 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1243


Tolkien informs Edith that his friend, W.E. Hall has been killed in service. He says that Hall is the first of his friends to die, but he knows that soo...
July 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rob Gilson
#1248


While he is in Warwick Tolkien writes to Rob Gilson. No further details of this letter are known. Rob Gilson will not reply until September.
4 July 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to J.R.R. Tolkien
#1249


G.B. Smith sends his congratulations to Tolkien while he is in Warwick for ‘one of the highest distinctions an Englishman can obtain’.
9 July 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.B. Smith
#1269


Tolkien writes to G. B. Smith informing him of his news from the War Office in a letter, see #TCGLetter1268. He will also write to Christopher Wiseman g...
9 July 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1270


Tolkien writes to Christopher Wiseman giving him the news of his army appointment (see #TCGLetter1268) and also mentions he will be visiting Moselye and...
11 July 1915 (likely)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. How
#1271


There is some question whether Tolkien sent this letter, Hammond and Scull say that Tolkien drafts and probably sends a letter from Abbotsford to a Mr H...
25 November 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1299


Tolkien writes to Edith. No information is known currently of its contents.
26 November 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#3
 Carpenter #3



Written while Tolkien was training as part of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

1916

19 January - 2 February 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dora Owen
#1309


Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull in their entry for 19 January 1916 (#TCGLetter1308), note that Tolkien replied to Dora Owen with several poems include...
26 January 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rob Gilson
#1311


Tolkien writes to Rob Gilson informing him that he and Ediths have set a date to marry, it will be on 22 March in Warwick.
26 January 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.B. Smith
#1317


Tolkien writes to Smith with news of his and Ediths wedding day which will take place on 22 March in Warwick. He also notes that he has sent his book of...
12 February 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1318


Tolkien writes to Edith, commenting that he wants to return England to Roman Catholicism.
c. from 1-13 March 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1326


Christopher Wiseman had written to Tolkien on 1 March 1916, saying that Tolkien liked little, delicate, beautiful creations but he was more thrilled by ...
2 March 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#4
 Carpenter #4



A short extract where Tolkien mentions his nonsense fairy language, referring to it as such a mad hobby! Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that ...
c. 8 March 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Father Francis Morgan
#1312


Tolkien writes to Father Francis Morgan giving him the news that he and Edith will marry on 22 March in Warwick. He had not mentioned this fact when he ...
8 May 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Adjutant, 13th Battalion
#1328


Tolkien writes to the Adjutant of the 13th Battalion requesting leave for 13 to 17 May after he has completed his signalling course. His address if his ...
21 June 1916 (date received)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Gilson
#1541


Tolkien wrote to Christopher Gilson. No further information is known currently but Gilson replies on 22 June that he is cheered to hear from the T.C.B.S...
c. 1 August 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.B. Smith
#1549


Tolkien writes to G.B. Smith. Little is currently know of this letter and it is dated via the remarks of Hammond/Scull.
12 August 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to G. B. Smith
#5
 Carpenter #5



Tolkien has learned about the death of his close friend Rob Gilson - one of the four members of the TCBS and writes a long letter about how he feels the...
c. September 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.B. Smith
#1555


Tolkien writes to Smith, apparently letting off steam about friction with other people. It is assumed that he is talking about Christopher Wiseman.
Between 30 October - 7 November 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Lieutenant-Colonel Bird
#1559


Tolkien writes to Commanding Officer offering his regret at suffering from trench fever. He hopes to return to the same Batallion when he is well enough.
C. November 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Smith
#1562


Tolkien writes to Mrs. Smith, G.B. Smiths mother. She replies, thanking him and says she will forward the letter to her son.
16 December 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Smith
#1571


After reading the news from Christopher Wiseman that their friend G.B. Smith has died, Tolkien immediately writes to Smiths mother to offer his condolen...
c. 22 December 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to R.W. Reynolds
#1575


Tolkien writes to R.W. Reynolds. From Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Sculls entry for 28 December 1916, Tolkien must have discussed G.B. Smith, and his ...
c. 23-24 December 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Smith
#1573


Tolkien replies to G.B. Smiths mother enclosing copies of G.B. Smiths verse.

1917

2 January 1917
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Secretary War Office
#29


Tolkien advises the war department of his address and presents himself for further orders.
c. February 1917
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1582


Only noted by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull in their entry for 4 and 9 March 1917, He includes more poems for Wiseman which he will return with
12 February 1917
J.R.R. Tolkien to War Office
#1579


Tolkien writes to the War Office from Great Haywood where he is currently residing to inform them of this change of address. On 23 January he was examin...
Beginning of March 1917
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Smith
#1580


Tolkien has learned of the death of G.B. Smiths brother and writes to their mother, assumed to be his offering of sympathy. Smiths brother died on 25 Ja...
c. March 1917 (no later than the morning of 4 March)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1584


Tolkien writes to Wiseman saying that Edith is now with him at Harrogate.
c. November 1917 (no later than 22 November)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Marjorie Incledon
#1596


Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that Mary Incledon had written to Tolkien in response to either a conversation or a letter between her sister ...
c. Late November 1917
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1597


At an unknown date, no earlier than 16 November, 1917, Tolkien writes to Wiseman informing him of the birth of his son John Francis Reuel. He also asks ...
?10 ?17 ?20 December 1917
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1598


Replying to Tolkiens letter on the birth of his son, Christopher Wiseman replies offering his congratulations. He insists that he is regarded as an uncl...

1925

Unknown (possibly mid 1920's)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Swann
#882


This rather odd loose slip of paper was found inside a copy of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and is housed as part of the Bodleian Library Tolkien arc...
26 January 1925
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joseph Wright
#48


Tolkien congratulates Wright on his retirement. Brief extracts were published in The Life of Joseph Wright Vol.2 p.651
2 February 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to Cyril Brett
#1007


A manuscript letter from Tolkien to Cyril Brett, on the subject of Tolkien & Gordons edition of Sir Gawain & The Green Knight (Oxford, 1925).
Late February or early March 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to George S. Gordon
#1693


Tolkien sends his revised glossary of the Clarendon Chaucer to George S. Gordon.
12 June 1925
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ronald Ashton
#50


Tolkien writes to Mr. Ashton about his son, who is a student at the University of Leeds. He may not be able to take the degree he was hoping for, and To...
27 June 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to [University of Oxford Electors]
#7
 Carpenter #7



Tolkien applies for the position of Professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He describes his schooling and his time at Leeds University as Re...
22 July 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to H.F.B. Brett-Smith
#67


This handwritten letter over 2 pages finds Tolkien discussing academia at Leeds University and his own poetry. Brett-Smith had written Tolkien a letter ...
22 July 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to E.S. Craig
#1722


Tolkien replies to E.S. Craig, enclosing the signed undertaking. He hopes that the statutes governing the chair can be mitigated as he has to give six m...
22 July 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to Vice Chancellor of Leeds University
#8
 Carpenter #8



Tolkien has been elected to the Rawlinson & Bosworth professorship at Oxford and must therefore resign his position at Leeds. His posting takes effect f...
7 August 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to R.W. Chambers
#1724


Tolkien writes to R.W. Chambers complaining that he has only recently finished marking School Certification exam papers which he ahd to do to pay medica...
8 August 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to H.F.B. Brett-Smith
#68


As with Tolkiens ealier letter The original letter is now held at The Marion E. Wade Center.
Before 12 November 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to E.V. Gordon (testimonial)
#1726


Tolkien writes a letter in support of E.V. Gordons proposed elevation to the chair he himself vacated to take up the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professorshi...
21 November 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to Brian Woledge
#1003


Tolkien wrote to Brian Woledge, who was an ex-student. The contents of this letter is currently unknown. One of three letters from the Leeds Library Col...

1926

First part of 1926
J.R.R. Tolkien to R.W. Reynolds
#1729


In late 1925, Tolkien and Reynolds began to write to each other again, and in early 1926, Tolkien sends to Reynolds various poems, including Lay of Leit...
11 March 1926 (date of appointment)
J.R.R. Tolkien (part of Committee) to Hebdomadal Council
#1730


Noted by Hammond/Scull, Tolkien is appointed to a committee to draft a reply to a letter from the Hebdomadal Council on the duties and payments of exami...
?26 April 1926
J.R.R. Tolkien to Kenneth Sisam
#1013


Tolkien writes to Kenneth Sisam with news that he has finished his modern prose translation of Beowulf. Much of the letter remains unpublished but a por...
4 May 1926
J.R.R. Tolkien to A. H. Smith
#1819


A one-page typewritten letter of recommendation JRRT wrote on behalf of A. H. Smith, recommending him “for an appointment as lecturer and teacher of E...
2 June 1926 (date published)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter E. Haigh
#1864


On 2 June, 1926, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner published a short piece on W. E. Haighs A New Glossary of the Dialect of the Huddersfield District for ...
15 June 1926
J.R.R. Tolkien to Brian Woledge
#1004


Tolkien wrote to Brian Woledge, who was an ex-student. Very little is known of the contents. One of three letters from the Leeds Library Collection.
17 June 1926
J.R.R. Tolkien to Brian Woledge
#1005


Tolkien wrote to Brian Woledge, who was an ex-student. Few details are known on the letters contents. One of three letters from the Leeds Library Collec...
25 June 1926
J.R.R. Tolkien to William G. Harding
#70


Very little is known about this letter beyond the minor details given by Hammond/Scull. Tolkien had replied to William G. Harding about the word gemowe,...

1936

?Early 1936 (?sometime between January and April)
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#1806


Tolkien replies to the early 1936 letter from GA&U that is is too busy to work on a new Beowulf publication but suggests Elaine Griffiths for the task a...
5 January 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mabel Day (Early English Text Society)
#1807


Tolkien writes to Mabel Day of the EETS, firstly apologising for his delayed reply which had been requested by the end of 1935. He explains that his ass...
14 January 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mabel Day (Early English Text Society)
#1810


Tolkien writes to Mabel Day, of the EETS. He has not been able to type the specimen pages that he had promised so includes manuscript transcriptions wit...
16 January 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mabel Day (Early English Text Society)
#1813


Replying to Mabel Day of the EETS, Tolkien thanks her for answering his questions about the EETS policies on texts and arguing for his view that they sh...
?16 January 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to A.W. Pollard (Early English Text Society)
#1814


Tolkien writes to A.W. Pollard of the EETS on or shortly after this date. Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull note that two versions of this letter exist,...
3 to 11 June 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to E.V. Gordon
#1824


Tolkien replies to Gordons letter
21 July 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to ?Guy Pocock (BBC)
#1827


Tolkien replies to the BBCs request to broadcast a portion of his translation of Pearl. He gives permission for the reading.
10 August 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1367
 Carpenter #8b



Writing to, Christopher, Tolkien says he misses his son but that he is glad Christopher’s little holiday has begun with fine weather. He discusses the...
27 September 1936
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Aurelius Pompen
#79


Reverend Father Aurelius Pompen (Professor of English at the Catholic University of Nijmegen) had contacted Tolkien asking if the family could take in a...
c. 27 September 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Tombrock
#1831


After failing to reply to Aurelius Pompens letter earlier, Tolkien finally replies days before the start of Michaelmas term, 1936. Tolkien sends a note ...
3 October 1936 (received 5 October)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1832


Tolkien sends the completed typescipt for the Hobbit and one illustration, likely one of his maps. Allen and Unwin will receive them two days later on 5...
21 October 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1368
 Carpenter #8c



Tolkien sends birthday wishes for his son Michael. He says that he has heard from John that he is short of cash and apologizes for his lack of help but ...
8 December 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Susan Dagnall
#1841


Tolkien replies to Susan Dagnalls letter. He includes the blurb for publicity on the Hobbit. He does not like the star ornament at the beginning of the ...

1937

1937-1940
J.R.R. Tolkien to Registry University of Oxford, King Edward VI School, Birmingham
#1168


This entry covers various letters between Tolkien, the Registry University of Oxford and King Edward VI School, Birmingham, relating to Tolkien’s tenu...
4 January 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Susan Dagnall
#9
 Carpenter #9



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 ther...
7 January 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#1844


Tolkien returns a slip to GA&U, likely the publicity piece for The Hobbit.
17 January 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#10
 Carpenter #10



Tolkien discusses the details of, and placement within the text, some of his illustrations in The Hobbit, as well as potential changes to his illustrati...
23 January 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Susan Dagnall
#1847


Tolkien in reply to Susan Dagnalls letter sent that morning, , notes that he can keep either 13 or 14 February free. He includes the original drawing of...
5 February 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Susan Dagnall
#11
 Carpenter #11



Tolkien replies to Susan Dagnall of GA&U on matters of the reproductions of some of his illustrations in The Hobbit. In the 2023 revised edition of Lett...
8 February 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to R.W. Chambers
#139


Tolkien makes mention of the new volume on Buckingham by P.N. Tolkien also promises to send Chambers a copy of his book, written for his children and oc...
12 February 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1369
 Carpenter #11a



Tolkien replies to Michaels letter. It appears that Michael has opted to change his work, but Tolkien would like to talk with Welch & Bostock first befo...
21 February 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#1850


Tolkien writes to GA&U noting that he has corrected the first proofs for The Hobbit but says that he wants to keep hold of them until the complete set h...
?10 March 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#1854


Tolkien returns to GA&U the remaining proofs, end-papers, and suggestions for them of The Hobbit.
?10 March 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#1370
 Carpenter #11b



Tolkien writes to C. A. Furth of GA&U acknowledging the two drawings which were “safely received”, he has placed them in the correct positions among...
30 March 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#1866


Writing to C. A. Furth of GA&U, Tolkien hopes that the proofs for The Hobbit will arrive with him during his vacation. He also notes that he will attemp...
13 April 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#12
 Carpenter #12



Concerning Tolkiens corrections to the text of The Hobbit, the cost of those corrections, and who would incur that cost, as well as details of his submi...
c. 16 April 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Priscilla Tolkien
#1371
 Carpenter #11c



Tolkien writes to his daughter Priscilla in April, 1937 while he is away on a walking tour of Somerset. He hopes to see her tomorrow. He remarks that he...
25 April 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Furth
#137


Tolkien writes back to Furth in regards to the dustjacket design for The Hobbit. Furth wrote on April 15th that the pink hue that Tolkien put on the mou...
13 May 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#13
 Carpenter #13



This two-page handwritten letter contains some of Tolkiens thoughts on the potential publication of The Hobbit in the USA. Tolkien can make illustration...
28 May 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#475


Tolkien, writing to GA&U approves the dust-jacket for The Hobbit but feels the sun would be better with a finer outline. He prefers the green binding an...
28 May 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#14
 Carpenter #14



In this three-page handwritten letter, Tolkien writes to his publisher about the release date for The Hobbit, going on at length about how it would be b...
31 May 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Lionel Salt
#80


Tolkien writes to Lionel Salt, the Bursar at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge to apologise that he must miss a play as Christopher, his son was...
11 June 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pembroke College
#138


Tolkien writes to Pembroke College recommending Mr. N. Davis for a place at the college.
?9 July 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#1945


Tolkien writes to Furth of GA&U. He agrees that the revised binding would do. He had hoped that the wavy line would be transfromed into something and me...
?22 July 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#1946


Tolkien writes to GA&U and encloses the most recent photograph of himself as requested by Susan Dagnall. By letter or in person? He asks them again abou...
25 July 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1949


Tolkien replies to Stanley Unwins letter. He will meet him at the GA&U office around 12.30pm on 28 July. he is unsire of the copyright status of the pho...
c. Early August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1950


Tolkien had been in London a day after seeing Stanley Unwin and had been asked to dinner next time he had reason to be in London, but Tolkien felt it wa...
c. August 1937 - September 1937
?J.R.R. Tolkien ?George Allen & Unwin to Robert (Robert Mantle) Rattenbury
#2006


Robert Rattenbury is sent a copy of The Hobbit. It is not known specifically who sent it to him, be that Tolkien himself or through GA&U. No other detai...
c, 7 August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. and Mrs. Livesey
#2031


Please note that we do not believe any letter exists for this entry but rather that Tolkien hand delivered a copy of The Hobbit for family friends, the ...
13 August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1967


Writing to Stanley Unwin, Tolkien hopes that they can lunch together when he visits London next, most likely in November. He has not as yet had time to ...
13 August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#1966


Tolkien writes to C. A. Furth asking that copies of The Hobbit be sent to R. W. Chambers and George S. Gordon. He says that GA&U can use the colour illu...
28 August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mabel Day (Early English Text Society)
#1923


Tolkien replies to Mabel Days letter of 6 August. He says that he hoped to have completed work on her request by now but notes that the death of the lib...
31 August 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth (Allen & Unwin)
#15
 Carpenter #15



Tolkien sends the last two colour drawings for the American edition of The Hobbit and asks GA&U to send it on to Houghton Mifflin. he also asks about a ...
5-7 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth (of George Allen and Unwin)
#81


Writing to C.A. Furth, and apologizes for his lengthy letter regarding the dustcover blurb. Tolkien believes he is still waiting on five copies of The H...
17 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#1333


Tolkien writes to C.A. Furth of GA&U. He needs five outstanding authors copies and seven copies for giving to a few people who cannot buy a of The Hobbi...
17 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1372
 Carpenter #15a



Tolkien, writing to Stanley Unwin, apologizes for sounding ungrateful to him. Unwin had sent Tolkien a much welcomed cheque. He hopes that the Hobbit ea...
21 September 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Simonne d'Ardenne
#82


A short note enclosed with a copy of The Hobbit which was published on the same day. It was sent to Simonne dArdenne as a gift. This letter is held amon...
c. 21 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to E.V. Gordon
#1976


Tolkien sends a copy of his newly published book, The Hobbit, to his friend E. V. Gordon.
c. 21 September 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to K. M. (Katherine Mary) Kilbride
#1980


Tolkien sends a copy of The Hobbit to Tolkien family friend and former student, Katharine Kilbride. It is assumed that with any manuscript/proofs or cop...
c. 21 September 1937 - end of 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mabel Tolkien (Mitton)
#1993


Tolkien sent a copy of The Hobbit to his Aunt Mabel, but it is not known if it arrived before her death.
c. 21 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jennie Grove
#2008


Ediths cousin, Jennie Grove is sent a copy of The Hobbit. It is assumed that with any manuscript/proofs or copies of books sent that a cover letter or n...
c. 21 September 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stella Mills
#2011


On or around publication day of The Hobbit, Tolkien sends an inscribed copy to his former student and friend Stella Mills. It is assumed that with any m...
c. 21 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hilary Tolkien
#2033


Tolkien sends a copy of The Hobbit to his brother, Hilary. It is assumed that with any manuscript/proofs or copies of books sent that a cover letter or ...
22 September 1937 (unsent)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#112


Tolkien wrote to his Aunt, Jane Neave enclosing a signed copy of The Hobbit. This letter and the book were described with some short quotes and an image...
October 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Henry, Mary and also Aileen and Elizabeth Jennings
#1992


Tolkien sends a copy of The Hobbit to the Jennings family. It is assumed that with any manuscript/proofs or copies of books sent that a cover letter or ...
2 October 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1373
 Carpenter #15b



Writing to his son Christopher, Tolkien says how delighted he is to have received his letter, although he doesnt expect them. He, Edith, and Priscilla h...
3 October 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#16
 Carpenter #16



Tolkien thanks Michael for keeping an eye of Christopher. He says that Chris will make a mess of things to start, but he will settle in and be of no fur...
6 October 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#2003


Tolkien had written to his aunt, Jane Neave on 22 September and signed a copy of The Hobbit. asking about the book. He asks her about the Times Book Clu...
15 October 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#19
 Carpenter #17



Tolkien was pleased that The Hobbit was being well received, though he knows that the two glowing, unsigned reviews in The Times and the Times Literary ...
23 October 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#21
 Carpenter #18



Originally published as just a fragment of a thank you letter to Stanley Unwin who had written that Tolkien was one of those rare people with genius. In...
17 November 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1009


Tolkien writes to Stanley Unwin, including a letter he received from a Mlle Tardivel
22 November 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to E.V. Gordon
#1374
 Carpenter #18a



Writing to his friend and colleague E.V. Gordon, Tolkien says of Gordon that he has been treated badly. He says that he cannot help enough on the Pearl ...
c. end of 1937 - early 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Florence Hadley
#1994


Tolkien sends a copy of The Hobbit to his Aunt Florence who had emigrated to British Columbia, Canada, possibly with a letter or note (not seen).
14 December 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Geoffrey E. Selby
#84


Tolkien apologizes for the delay in replying to Selbys November letter due to his poor health. He remarks that he prefers his own mythology which The Ho...
15 December 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Arthur Ransome
#105


Replying to Arthur Ransomes letter of 13th December Tolkien opens with exclamations of honour at receiving a letter from Ransome. Tolkien apologizes for...
16 December 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#22
 Carpenter #19



Tolkien has received a letter from Arthur Ransome, who wonders about the use of the word man in The Hobbit, as well as a few other letters from readers ...
19 December 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#23
 Carpenter #20



I have written the first chapter of a new story about Hobbits – A long expected party remarks Tolkien in this letter to C.A. Furth of GA&U. This is of...

1938

1 February 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth (Allen & Unwin Ltd.)
#24
 Carpenter #21



Originally published as just a fragment of a letter, asking if Rayner Unwin was interested to read the sequel to The Hobbit. In the revised 2023 edition...
4 February 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#25
 Carpenter #22



Tolkien sends to his publisher, the first chapter of a new book, the sequel to The Hobbit. ‘A Long-expected Party’, the first chapter of this book, ...
17 February 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#589


Tolkien informs his publisher that Houghton Mifflin are yet to return to him the five orginal watercolour paintings for The Hobbit.
17 February 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#26
 Carpenter #23



Tolkien replies to C.A. Furth regarding the return of Mr. Bliss. Tolkien expresses regret for any trouble caused and wishes someone could redraw the pic...
18 February 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#27
 Carpenter #24



In this two page handwritten letter, Tolkien thanks Unwins son Rayner for his positive feedback on the first chapter of the new book, A Long-Expected Pa...
20 February 1938*
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Editor of the Observer
#28
 Carpenter #25



Tolkien responds to a request, likely from a researcher or enthusiast, regarding the origins and inspirations behind his work, particularly The Hobbit. ...
4 March 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#30
 Carpenter #26



Tolkien writes to Stanley Unwin about C.S. Lewiss Out of the Silent Planet and gives him an update on progress with the sequel to The Hobbit. He also me...
12 March 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Houghton Mifflin Co.
#31
 Carpenter #27



Tolkien expresses reluctance to create drawings of hobbits and suggests leaving such tasks to someone with artistic skills. He provides a description of...
28 May 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Kenneth Sisam
#107


Writing to Sisam, Tolkien opens by noting that he received a card from Turville-Petre, who would be leaving for Iceland, most likely on 5 June. He sugge...
June 4th 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#32
 Carpenter #28



Tolkien thanks Stanley Unwin for the excellent news from America, where The Hobbit is selling well and it has won a prize of $250. Rayners review of the...
21 July 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to A.F. Colborn
#108


Tolkien provides a letter of recommendation for his B.Litt student A.F. Colborn.
24 July 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#35
 Carpenter #31



Tolkien bemoans The Hobbit being published in 1937 over 1938. His work pressure has left him hard-pressed to get into actions on the sequel. Tolkien has...
25 July 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#33
 Carpenter #29



Tolkien wrote to Stanley Unwin in response to a letter from a German publisher, Rütten & Loening Verlag. They wanted to publish a German translation of...
25 July 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rütten & Loening Verlag
#34
 Carpenter #30



Rütten & Loening Verlag, the German publisher enquired about publishing a German translation of The Hobbit. As part of their conditions they wanted to ...
27 July 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Masefield
#36
 Carpenter #32



Tolkien responds to Mr. Masefield regarding the lines provided for a performance. Tolkien expresses no objection to being preceded by the lines and defe...
31 July 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ida Gordon
#1125


Tolkien sends his condolences to the wife of E.V. Gordon, who had recently died due to complications from an operation. Wayne Hammond and Christina Scul...
11 Aug 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ida Gordon
#1126


Tolkien pays tribute to E. V. Gordon, and offers any help he can, talking about finances, the publication of The Wanderer and The Seafarer, and the affe...
11 August 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Masefield
#1169


Tolkien writes to John Masefield relating to the Summer Division and praises the recitation of Letters from Pontus (Epistulae ex Ponto) along with the p...
19 Aug 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ida Gordon
#1127


Tolkien has been ill. He offers advice on Idas financial situation.
31 August 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#37
 Carpenter #33



Tolkien writes to Mr. Furth, expressing his current state of being oppressed and unwell due to recent troubles. He submits Farmer Giles for consideratio...
26 Sep 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ida Gordon
#1129


Tolkien offers more condolences about the Gordon familys loss, and talks more about his childhood. He acknowledges receipt of papers relating to Pearl f...
October 1938*
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Simonne d'Ardenne
#109


Tolkien replies to Simonne dArdennes letter of 10 October. In it he offers various corrections and suggestions for Sweets Anglo-Saxon Primer and says he...
13 October 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#38
 Carpenter #34



In this letter to Stanley Unwin, J.R.R. Tolkien discusses his recent intense work on a sequel to The Hobbit, which has reached Chapter XI. He expresses ...
24 December 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Kilbride
#110


Tolkien opens with news of the terrible year the family have had. Christopher has had a bad heart and in bad health the entire year. More than a dozen f...

1939

c. 1940
J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams to Warren H. Lewis (Last will and testament signatories)
#1691


Tolkien and Charles Williams signing of the will of Warren H. Lewis. 2pp received by Clyde S. Kilby, August 1966.
11 January 1939
J.R.R. Tolkien to Simonne d'Ardenne
#1044


This letter is quoted in DArdennes article Two Words in Ancrene Wisse and the Katherine Group in Notes and Queries 227 (1982), p. 3 where Tolkien discus...
2 February 1939
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#39
 Carpenter #35



Writing to C.A. Furth, Tolkien offers an update with his work on The Lord of the Rings. He has not worked on since December but feels it is a better wor...
10 February 1939
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#51
 Carpenter #36



Tolkien expresses gratitude for the enclosed cheque, mentioning that having flu did not affect him significantly but his throat condition is worsening. ...
1 March 1939
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1375
 Carpenter #36a



Tolkien offers his sympathies to his son Michael as he has been bedridden with a bad cold. He has been very busy and feels he has neglected his son with...
May 6 1939
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J.R.R. Tolkien to R. W. Chambers
#1031


Tolkien expresses his fears of the propaganda circling around the developing world situation. Portions of this letter are reproduced in Moreana 94 (1987).
6 May 1939
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan Rook
#1758


Alan Rook (1909-1990) a student at Oxford in the 1930s, had possibly studied under Tolkien, and was editor of the 1936 issue of New Oxford Poetry, the j...
4 July 1939
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Segar
#113


Tolkien pens a letter to Miss Segar regarding hours for the upcoming examinations. He also asks her for the address of a Miss Ridgeway to the same ends....
14 July 1939
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J.R.R. Tolkien to John Masefield
#1786


Tolkien writes apologetically because he has missed the deadline for the program (of the years Oxford Summer Diversions); he had looked through The Cant...
15 September 1939
J.R.R. Tolkien to Phillip Unwin
#1376
 Carpenter #36b



Tolkien updates Phillip Unwin on the current situation at universities given the news of war with Germany. He says there will be a reduced demand, but s...
19 December 1939
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#52
 Carpenter #37



Tolkien, writing to Stanley Unwin, expresses gratitude for the kind note and apologizes for his neglectful correspondence due to personal and health iss...

1941

2 January 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#56
 Carpenter #41



After addressing overdue correspondence, Tolkien mentions resuming work on his sequel to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, but anticipates the impendin...
12 January 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#57
 Carpenter #42



To son Michael, Tolkien describes the dreary and busy time with foul weather, shares a humorous incident involving snuff at a pub, mentions committee wo...
26 January 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1379
 Carpenter #42a



Tolkien sends Christopher some money, and reminds him that it is important to remember birthdays, especially his mother’s. Tolkien then goes on to rem...
1 February 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1380
 Carpenter #42b



Writing to Christopher, Tolkien remarks on the work of typing up Hobbit and how Edith and Priscilla are getting along. He then promises to write more.
23 February 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1381
 Carpenter #42c



Tolkien says that he has neglected Christopher of late. He briefly mentions a trip out with Warnie Lewis and ‘Honest Humphrey’ Harvard. He and Micha...
6-8 March 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#58
 Carpenter #43



In a comprehensive letter, J.R.R. Tolkien reflects on relationships between men and women, addressing physical, friendly, and romantic dimensions. He de...
12 March 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#114
 Carpenter #43a



Tolkien’s second son Michael evidently has informed his parents of his attachment to Joan Griffiths, a nurse at the Worcester Royal Infirmary, and Tol...
18 March 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#59
 Carpenter #44



Identifying more with his Suffield heritage than his Tolkien name, Tolkien expresses a deep connection to Worcestershire, considering it home due to his...
9 June 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#60
 Carpenter #45



In a letter to his son Michael, Tolkien expresses his struggles with writing due to constant rain and increased responsibilities. He sympathizes with go...
26 November 1941
J.R.R. Tolkien to R.W. Chapman
#61
 Carpenter #46



Tolkien reflects on his time in Leeds from 1920 to 1925, associating it with Gordon and expressing gratitude for his kindness and encouragement. The aut...

1943

29 January 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to J.L.N. O'Loughlin
#117


Tolkien writes a letter to J.L.N. O’Loughlin. He is currently organising courses for the Navy and Air Force cadets. At a board meeting which Tolkien d...
20 April 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.S. Lewis
#63
 Carpenter #48



Tolkien expresses sympathy for Lewis illness and suggests the possibility of meeting on Wednesdays while discussing the challenges hindering their meeti...
21 April 1943
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan Rook
#118


A wartime postcard from Tolkien to the Cairo poet Alan Rook, contrasting his own literary inactivity – necessitated by the war effort – with the wor...
April 1943*
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.S. Lewis
#64
 Carpenter #49



Writing to C.S. Lewis, Tolkien critiques views on Christian marriage and divorce, pointing out what he sees as a confusion in the argument presented in ...
28 July 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1383
 Carpenter #49a



Tolkien was glad to get Christophers letter, he had been waiting to write, needing his new address. He mentions the weather, and fruits which are growin...
3 August 1943
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Leila Keene and Pat Kirke
#119


Tolkien wrote this long letter to two schoolgirls, Leila Keane and Patricia Kirke who were both very enthusiastic about hobbits, in reply to their quest...
1 September 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1384
 Carpenter #49b



Tolkien details a visit to Collegiate Church and describes the building. He then remarks on the people buried there and gives some historical context.
8 September 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1385
 Carpenter #49c



Christopher had apparently been having a bad week, and Tolkien writes with his sympathies. He says to not spend “precious time” on letter writing, t...
13 September 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1386
 Carpenter #49d



Tolkien has organized the next R.N.-R.A.F. course, he will have around 40 cadets and has to attend the Passing Out Parade of the R.N. tomorrow. He is al...
19 September 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1387
 Carpenter #49e



Tolkien asks how Christopher has been getting on with flight training, he says that he has been very busy with letters and chores, but did manage to hea...
19 October 1943
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elizabeth J. Jennings
#147


Tolkien writes a personal testimony for the daughter of his friend Henry Cecil Jennings.
25 October 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#65
 Carpenter #50



Tolkien describes how trees
27 October 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#85
 Carpenter #51



Tolkien describes meeting C.E.B. Joad the night before at dinner with C.S. Lewis, and talks a bit about Joads visit to Russia. The dinner is described i...
C. November 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Williams
#961


This three page letter is held at the Wade but no details of it are known. The Charles Williams collection at the Wade states this is A Closed Letter po...
3 November 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1388
 Carpenter #51a



Tolkien had not managed to send Christopher his pipe yesterday, and sends it on to him with this letter. He and Edith received a long letter and were ha...
10 November 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1389
 Carpenter #51b



Tolkien reports that he is tired, but has managed to get things done in his usual “programme”. He notes that he has heard two chapters from Charles ...
29 November 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#86
 Carpenter #52



Tolkien reflects on the challenging and disheartening circumstances of the time, including the impact of war, propaganda, and the bleak conditions of li...
9 December 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#87
 Carpenter #53



Writing to son Christopher, Tolkien reflects on the challenges and monotony of daily life during a turbulent period, expressing a sense of isolation due...
15 December 1943
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1390
 Carpenter #53a



Tolkien writes to Christopher after hearing from his brother Michael that Christopher had been unwell again. Tolkien updates him on home life, with Edit...

1944

6 January 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1391
 Carpenter #53b



Tolkien replies to a letter from Christopher, he is glad to hear from him and notes his instructions for his tobacco. He has prayed constantly for his s...
8 January 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#88
 Carpenter #54



Tolkien offers Christopher advice on prayer and to remember his guardian angel. He reminds him to use praises, and says of them if you have these by hea...
18 January 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#89
 Carpenter #55



Tolkien apologizes to Christopher for the delay in writing and shares details of recent activities, including giving lectures, discussing Cardiff with G...
25 January 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1392
 Carpenter #55a



Tolkien has not written for a week and speaks of his “shame of letting a whole week go”. He has been praying for Christopher constantly though. Tolk...
Before March 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1523


No details of this letter are known except for the note in #TCGLetter1033 that says Tolkien now knows that Christopher had received the fotobriefs in FS 5.
1 March 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#90
 Carpenter #56



Tolkien notes the lack of humorous anecdotes due to limited social interactions in recent weeks. He also mentions an encounter with Lewis, who is energe...
24 March 1944 (posted)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1521


No details from this letter are currently known and it is only noted in Tolkiens letter of 27 March, 1944 as airgraph FS 10.
27 March 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1393
 Carpenter #56a



Tolkien says they have received many letters from Christopher, he will feel much better when he knows that he has received theirs. Tolkien notes that he...
30 March 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#91
 Carpenter #57



Tolkien had an outing, seeing the two Lewis brothers and having lunch with C.S. Lewis. During the meeting, Lewis read part of a new story.
3 April 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#92
 Carpenter #58



Tolkien recounts recent events, including a cycle ride to Pembroke, a train journey to Birmingham, and a visit to his hometown. During the train journey...
5 April 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#93
 Carpenter #59



Tolkien shares his commitment to completing The Lord of the Rings, expressing the challenges of re-reading and researching while working on the adventur...
8 April 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1033
 Carpenter #59a



Tolkien writes to Christopher and mentions him sitting in his garden on a beautiful night around 2 a.m. Tolkien had struggled that day with a chapter an...
13 April 1944 (continued on 15 April)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#94
 Carpenter #60



Tolkien expresses gratitude for a recently received airletter, shares updates about writing progress on The Lord of the Rings and mentions spending time...
18 April 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#95
 Carpenter #61



Tolkien expresses joy at receiving a batch of letters and, discusses the distressing but unsurprising uncensored accounts of the Christophers experience...
23 April 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#96
 Carpenter #62



Tolkien gives Christopher an update on his progess on The Two Towers, the second book of The Lord of the Rings. He has read the second chapter, Passage ...
24 April 1944 (continued 26 April)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#97
 Carpenter #63



Tolkien had received an airletter from Christopher that morning and he read it while enjoying breakfast in bed. He describes the events of St. Georges D...
30 April 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#98
 Carpenter #64



Tolkien writes of his longing and concern for Christopher in the midst of war, reflecting on human suffering and the senselessness of conflict. Despite ...
4 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#99
 Carpenter #65



Having read another chapter to C.S. Lewis, Tolkien is now writing the next, and will send Christopher copies as soon as possible.
6 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#100
 Carpenter #66



Tolkien responds to Christophers letters and acknowledges the challenges and frustrations of life in the military camp during the war. He empathizes wit...
11 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#101
 Carpenter #67



Tolkien completed a fourth new chapter titled Faramir, which received approval from C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. He notes that he attended church on...
12 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#102
 Carpenter #68



Tolkien spent a morning writing The Lord of the Rings and is now in sight of Minas Morghul. He has been gardening in the midday heat. he expresses his r...
14 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#103
 Carpenter #69



Writing to Christopher, Tolkien updates him on his progress writing The Lord of the Rings. He had needed to sort the study, and attend to business. He s...
21 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#104
 Carpenter #70



Tolkien apologizes for the lapse in correspondence. He gives an update on writing of The Lord of the Rings. He reads for Lewis and Williams and both men...
25 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#142
 Carpenter #71



Tolkien expresses gratitude for the letters he has received from Christopher and briefly mentions an inclination to envy his time in the hills. Tolkien ...
31 May 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#143
 Carpenter #72



Writing to Christopher with an update on recent happenings. He had dinner in college and notes that the three old gents Tolkien notes that he was trying...
10 June 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#144
 Carpenter #73



Tolkien acknowledges receiving Christophers air letter and briefly mentions the weather. He provide updates on recent activities, including efforts in t...
27 June 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1395
 Carpenter #73a



Tolkien had gone to bed early, and stayed there for nearly 10 hours, which he says has made him feel “worn out”. He mentions that he had received a ...
29 June 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#145
 Carpenter #74



Stanley Unwin had sent Tolkien a large cheque as payment of royalties on The Hobbit, and mentions that Rayner is now at Oxford reading English. Tolkien ...
7 July 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1396
 Carpenter #74a



Writing to Christopher, Tolkien gives news of C.S. Lewis and his need for an operation to remove some shrapnel, which he says must have been in his arm ...
7 July 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#146
 Carpenter #75



Tolkien opens this letter by mentioning that he is writing this letter using his new midget type typewriter cartridges. These could be interchanged and ...
28 July 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#165
 Carpenter #76



Tolkien discusses the name Sam Gamgee, agreeing with Christophers opinion and explaining the choice to emphasize the characters comic, peasantry, and En...
31 July 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#166
 Carpenter #77



Tolkien reports in a newly published portion that he had received Christophers airletter of 24 July. He says that his day on Friday was “grim”, as h...
12 August 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#167
 Carpenter #78



Tolkien responds to Christophers letters, encouraging openness about details of his life. He offers support for navigating challenges and express the ne...
22 August 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#168
 Carpenter #79



Tolkien reflects on the cultural landscape, comparing Kroonstad, seen as a genuine product of their culture, with Joburgs aspirations. He expresses conc...
3 September 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#169
 Carpenter #80



Priscilla has been struggling with The Ballad of the White Horse and trying to parts of it to her has made Tolkien realize it isnt as good as he remembe...
19 September 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.E. Selby
#120


Tolkien sends a postcard with greetings to Selby. He also notes that Priscilla, his daughter, is typing early chapters of The Lord of the Rings, which h...
19 September 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.E. Selby
#1397
 Carpenter #80a



Tolkien writes to G.E. Selby, a family friend agreeing to act as a referee for his application to a post. In a newly published extract, which he hopes G...
20 September 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1398
 Carpenter #80b



Tolkien says that he has now seen Rayner twice. He regrets that he has not been able to help him but remarks on what a fine young man he is. He hopes th...
23-25 September 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#170
 Carpenter #81



Tolkien expresses joy at receiving an airgraph before Christophers departure to Standerton. He discusses the progress of the chapters and promises to se...
30 September - 6 October 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1524


Tolkien noted this airgraph (FS 53) in his letter of 6 October but no other details are currently known.
30 September 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#171
 Carpenter #82



Engaged in revision, Tolkien reflects on the chapter King of the Golden Hall and finds it to be rather good with the perspective of time.
6 October 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#172
 Carpenter #83



In a newly published portion of this letter Tolkien remarks on what a wonderful week it has been for letters from Christopher. He hopes that letters fro...
12 October 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#173
 Carpenter #84



Tolkien has discovered a severe problem in timing for events in The Lord of the Rings, and will require much work to fix. He has sent a copy of Leaf by ...
16 October 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#174
 Carpenter #85



The timeline for The Lord of the Rings is giving Tolkien trouble, but with some small changes to the map and a few extra days here and there seem to hav...
23 October 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#175
 Carpenter #86



Tolkien has just seen a skywide armada fly overhead, but thinks he can mention it in his letter because it will be long gone before any risk of the news...
25 October 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#176
 Carpenter #87



Tolkien sends the last two chapters of the fourth book of The Lord of the Rings, and quotes from a letter he has received from a fan who has read The Ho...
28 October 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#177
 Carpenter #88



A very short excerpt (three sentences) where Tolkien mentions the fading of the current year into dull grey mournful darkness, and wonders what the new ...
1 November 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1399
 Carpenter #88a



Tolkien was interested to hear that Christopher had run into “another of the Unwins”, Harold Unwin, a.k.a Chris. He says that Rayner was at Blackwel...
7-8 November 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#178
 Carpenter #89



In regards to Christophers mentioning of his guardian angel where a particular beam of light had illuminated a dust mote and sparked a deep moment of en...
13 November 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1400
 Carpenter #89a



Tolkien had seen C.S. Lewis and he notes how Lewis had been interested in the “angelic question” which Tolkien had mentioned to him in an earlier le...
24 November 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#179
 Carpenter #90



Tolkien expresses joy at receiving several letters from Christopher and comments on the amusing account of the Wings ceremony. He appreciates the mentio...
29 November 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#216
 Carpenter #91



Tolkien sends a small consignment of The Ring, consisting of the last two chapters that have been written and the end of the Fourth Book. The hero is in...
29 November 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1401
 Carpenter #91a



Tolkien says that he gave two lectures yesterday, which was an “appalling” day of weather but that he had an excellent morning “at the Bird” wit...
4 December 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1402
 Carpenter #91b



Tolkien opens with the news that he has finished his Beowulf lectures . He has neglected academic matters in favour of working out the time-schemes and ...
10 December 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1403
 Carpenter #91c



Tolkien has given himself an early Christmas gift in the form of a new pruner for the garden, and gives a humorous description of his cycling to the gar...
18 December 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#217
 Carpenter #92



In a newly published portion, Tolkien says that today is the last day for Christmas post arriving in time for Christmas and laments the way the holiday ...
24 December 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#218
 Carpenter #93



Tolkien expresses joy that Christopher enjoyed the next three chapters of The Ring and provides information about the schedule for sending the remaining...
28 December 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#219
 Carpenter #94



Tolkien is happy to get so many letters from Christopher, and is very pleased that the third batch of Ring material has gotten to Christopher and that h...

1945

7 January 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1404
 Carpenter #94a



Tolkien says he is struggling with letters, many of which he should have written at Christmas. He complains that the weather is bitterly cold and he can...
9 January 1945
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Leila Keane and Patricia Kirke
#572


Tolkien writes to Leila Keane and Patricia Kirke, he discusses his progress with The Lord of the Rings, and the fortunes of his family. The letter was a...
9 January 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1405
 Carpenter #94b



Tolkien continues to talk about the movie he and Edith saw remarking that his “mind and heart” are still thinking of it. He says that it has the qua...
15 January 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1406
 Carpenter #94c



Tolkien says that he is still “under the influence” of the movie he and Edith saw a week ago and continues to talk about religion, God, and other as...
18 January 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#220
 Carpenter #95



Tolkien has been enjoying reading Stentons Anglo-Saxon England, and wishes he had a time-machine. Tolkien tells Christopher that this is the history of ...
30 January 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#221
 Carpenter #96



Tolkien describes some domestic plumbing troubles that prevented him from meeting up with Lewis in the morning, but the eventually managed to make it to...
10-11 February 1945
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J.R.R. Tolkien to The Catholic Herald
#121


In this long letter, Tolkien mentions derivations of convent and Coventry. Published in The Catholic Herald, 23 February 1945, and extracts from it also...
11 February 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#222
 Carpenter #97



Tolkien describes a letter he has written to the Catholic Herald, in rebuttal to someone who thinks Coventry is derived from Convent.
17 February 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1407
 Carpenter #97a



Tolkien says that he is finding lectures hard work, and that he is tired. He is surprised that he does not have written notes for Beowulf beyond approx....
23 February 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to E.H. Connor
#1408
 Carpenter #97b



Tolkien discusses Chaucer, saying he had “little learning”, some Latin skill but lacked the talent for prose. Also on this day Tolkiens letter to th...
12 March 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1409
 Carpenter #97c



Tolkien writes to Christopher while in working with Cadets at the Taylorian . He is missing his son and wishes he could see him. He gives an update on t...
Undated (circa 18 March 1945)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#223
 Carpenter #98



Tolkien expresses deep concern about Rayner, who is off to war, and mentions that his son Christopher has become great friends with Chris Unwin. One of ...
29 April 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1410
 Carpenter #98a



A short excerpt from Tolkien to Christopher after he had been on leave. He describes seeing him again as like having an old tooth with a dulled ache. He...
15 May 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Florence (Michal) Williams
#224
 Carpenter #99



Tolkien expresses sympathy to Ms. Williams and her son, and his grief over the loss of her husband Charles Williams. The transcript in Carpenters Letter...
29 May 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#225
 Carpenter #100



Tolkien remarks that he would be comforted if Christopher could be re-commissioned out of the R.A.F. Christopher had recently returned from service. He ...
2 June 1945
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J.R.R. Tolkien to C. Maegraith
#123


Maegraith had sent Tolkien a packet, which he had not acknowledged, he explains he had waited in the hope to have something to say about it but May had ...
3 June 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#247
 Carpenter #101



The Civil Defense was staging a stand-down parade Tolkien felt is was mockery.
9 August 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#248
 Carpenter #102



Tolkien expresses profound horror and disbelief at the news of atomic bombs, describing the scientists involved as lunatic physicists and condemning the...
24 August 1945
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J.R.R. Tolkien to The Secretary, Students Department, British Council
#1034


This letter was found in the National Archives. Tolkien is applying to the British Council for Simonne dArdenne to be allowed to return to Oxford for a ...
9 October 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#124
 Carpenter #102a



Tolkien writes to his son Christopher, informing him that the Inklings propose to consider him a permanent member. An extract from the letter appears in...
11 October 1945
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J.R.R. Tolkien to The Director, Students Department, British Council
#1035


In a follow-up to Tolkiens letter, #TCGLetter1034, Tolkien mentions that it would be of great satisfaction if Professor dArdenne could be granted a retu...
11 October 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#249
 Carpenter #103



Tolkien took a new position, the Merton Professorship of English Language and Literature, and remarks on the occasion.
22 October 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#250
 Carpenter #104



Tolkien and the dons met, chatted and had dinner among other activities.
17 November 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Sharrock
#1068


Tolkien discusses his support for Sharrocks application for academic posts, and mentions C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams.

1947

undated but likely 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Adrian
#899


Tolkien writes to Adrian after he had visited Cambridge. Nothing else is known and the letter is undated but he visited Cambs in 1947. The original lett...
10 January 1947
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J.R.R. Tolkien to A.W. Riddle
#127


Tolkien writes to A.W. Riddle about languages.
13 January 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Gilbert Murray
#1177


Writing to Gilbert Murray, Tolkien with regret notes that he is powerless to help with the task of securing employment of one J.C. Ghosh, an Indian stud...
5 May 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1412
 Carpenter #107a



Tolkien notes to Stanley Unwin that he has received the agreement for Farmer Giles of Ham, he would also send revised manuscripts for it in July Hammond...
5 July 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#254
 Carpenter #108



Tolkien sends back the revised manuscript of Farmer Giles of Ham for publication. He has carefully gone through it, making alterations to improve both s...
31 July 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#255
 Carpenter #109



Tolkien responded to Rayner Unwins comments about The Fellowship of the Ring. He talks about allegory as well as other literary illusions. Tolkien menti...
20 September 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#256
 Carpenter #110



Tolkien provides information about the origin and authorship of the riddles included in their work. He clarifies that most of the riddles are their orig...
21 September 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#257
 Carpenter #111



Tolkien apologizes for the delay in responding to a letter sent in July and explains that he has been preoccupied with philology due to academic commitm...
26 September 1947
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jennifer Paxman
#128


Tolkien writes to Jennifer with some advice on an Oxford College, and errors in The Hobbit. A description of the letter appeared in The J.R.R. Tolkien C...
30 September 1947
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosemary
#129


Writing to a young fan, Rosemary, Tolkien says he is yet to finish his new book about Bilbo and his nephew. . He worries that it is so long that the pub...
30 September 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1036
 Carpenter #111a



Tolkien writes to Stanley Unwin with regard to his visit of Merton Colleges estates in Cambridge, Leicestershire, and Lincolnshire between 22 and 25 Sep...
2 October 1947
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J.R.R. Tolkien to A.W. Riddle
#130


Tolkien writes to Mr Riddle about Languages.
30 November 1947
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#140
 Carpenter #112



Katharine Farrer had written to Tolkien, in runes, asking if he would sign her copy of The Hobbit. Tolkien replies to her letter in runes. He says that ...
17 December 1947
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Malcolm Knox
#131


Tolkien sends thanks for his time with Knox in Scotland. Tolkien had given his lecture On Fairy-Stories to the University of St Andrews in 1939. Noting ...

1948

18 January 1948
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J.R.R. Tolkien to J.L.N. O'Loughlin
#132


Tolkien had received a parcel, he thanks OLoughlin and confirms it arrived safely. Tolkien has been very busy and had flu recently, hence his delayed re...
18 January 1948
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosemary
#149


Tolkien writes a two page letter to Rosemary, telling her about him, being busy and unwell, hence the delay in reply. Wishes her the best for 1948 and m...
25 January 1948
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.S. Lewis
#265
 Carpenter #113



Tolkien and Lewis corresponded about what was being read aloud at an Inklings meeting. This was part of a larger conversation surrounding what they were...
7 April 1948
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#266
 Carpenter #114



Tolkien expresses pleasure that Brogan enjoyed The Hobbit and mentions his ongoing work on a longer piece set in the same world, providing details about...
15 June [?1948]
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#267
 Carpenter #115



Tolkien opens this letter with apologies for his delayed reply. He says that he must have appeared ungrateful, but not only was he grateful, he was exci...
5 August 1948
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#268
 Carpenter #116



GA&U had decided that Milein Cosman would illustrate Farmer Giles of Ham, a point that Tolkien did not approve of. He likened her artwork to that of Top...
20 August 1948
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J.R.R. Tolkien to J.G. Riewald
#1915


A two page letter written in response to a Max Beerbohm scholar who asked what Tolkien thought of Beerbohm. Tolkien writes that his cartoons amuse him, ...
31 October 1948
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#269
 Carpenter #117



Success! declares Tolkien. He has completed The Lord of the Rings and having been read by Rayner Unwin is approved. He does not think it will make any m...
c. Christmas 1948
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#2057


Hammond/Scull note in their entry for Christmas 1948 mention a second letter from Tolkien to Brogan with mention of a visit planned for March the follow...
25 December 1948
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#270
 Carpenter #118



Tolkien writes to Hugh Brogan using runes to wish him a happy Christmas. Hammond/Scull also note that Tolkien also sent brogan another letter with menti...

1949

7 January 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to J.L.N O'Loughlin
#150


Tolkien sends a rushed note saying that he will act immediately. On behalf of what it is not known.
28 January 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to The Times
#984


This letter was co-signed by Tolkien, and members of the Newman Society to the Times was in support of Cardinal Mindszenty who had been arrested in Hung...
28 February 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#271
 Carpenter #119



Tolkien declares to GA&U that he does not have the time to retype Farmer Giles of Ham, nor does he feel that it is required. He remarks that the typing ...
11 March 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Turnbull
#133


Tolkien notes that he has a shory story to be published shortly, Farmer Giles of Ham and says that he has completed The Lord of the Rings.
16 March 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#272
 Carpenter #120



It has been decided that Pauline Baynes will now illustrate Farmer Giles of Ham. Tolkien is delighted with this news.
4 June 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#134


Tolkien replies stating he is very pleased at the illustrations for Farmer Giles of Ham. He says that after seeing the images, his friends, very justly,...
13 July 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#273
 Carpenter #121



Tolkien discusses the progress of Farmer Giles and hints that the final draft of Lord of the Rings could be done something with.
15 July 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Flint
#1091


Tolkien writing to Miss Flint apologises for his delay in replying. he had been away but upon his return had much delayed business to attend to which in...
19 August 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Flint
#1090


Following on from his previous letter (#TCGLetter1091), Tolkien apologises for being unhelpful to Miss Flint for so long. He believes that her revised t...
19 August 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to A. H. Smith
#1820


Two page handwritten letter in which JRRT congratulates Smith on the Quain election and writes on behalf of a student named Mrs. Pietrkiewicz, maiden na...
12 November 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss R.W. How
#135


Tolkien notes the progress with having two large books, one being The Lord of the Rings, published. It has been accepted and is almost finished. Hammond...
28 November 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Havard
#930


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
18 December 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Naomi Mitchison
#136
 Carpenter #122



A two page letter (single 5.5 x 7 inch sheet, both sides) in response to Mrs. Mitchisons praise of Farmer Giles of Ham. Tolkien mentions that FG was rea...
20 December 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#1162
 Carpenter #122a



Tolkien writes to Baynes making mention that Lewis had been in touch and wishes her a Happy Christmas. She (Baynes) is illustrating Lewiss Lion, Witch b...
25 December 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#916


Pauline Baynes had written to say she was meeting with C.S. Lewis on the 31st. Tolkien replies that he and his family would also like to meet her if pos...
31 December 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#917


Baynes replied to Tolkiens letter that she might not have time to see him. He left a letter with Lewis as they were meeting on New Years Eve. He would b...

1950

1950s
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jeremiah Hogan (and family)
#1180


Tolkien spent some time in the 1950s in Ireland and while there he stayed with the Hogan family. The father, Jeremiah worked with Tolkien during his vis...
5 February 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldman
#275
 Carpenter #123



Tolkien had dumped the manuscript of The Lord of the Rings on Milton Waldman just as he was going on holiday, and Tolkien felt bad burdoning him with it...
24 February 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#276
 Carpenter #124



Tolkien writes to Stanley Unwin, mentioning various topics but chief among them is The Lord of the Rings. Stranded without a publisher, and the work now...
10 March 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#277
 Carpenter #125



Tolkien compares his two great stories the War of the Ring and the War of the Jewels and remarks on the Farmer Giles sales figures.
10 March 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldman
#293
 Carpenter #126



Unwin wants to break up Tolkiens monstrous Saga, and Tolkien hopes Unwin will let the project go so Tolkien can publish The Lord of the Rings and The Si...
14 April 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#294
 Carpenter #127



Relations between Tolkien and Allen & Unwin had begun to become strained as Tolkien felt that A&U were not open to publishing his work as he would have ...
1 August 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#295
 Carpenter #128



Tolkien was sent proofs for a new edition of The Hobbit and remarks on how the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are interlinked so to speak.
3 September 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Guy Milner
#941


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade and consists of two pages.
4 September 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#1415
 Carpenter #128a



Writing to Hugh Brogan, Tolkien notes that he does not know what is happening with The Lord of the Rings which he had hoped would be published this year...
10 September 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#296
 Carpenter #129



Tolkien writes about the new revised edition of The Hobbit.
14 September 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#297
 Carpenter #130



Tolkien sends in a new version of CH 5 of the Hobbit.
9 October 1950
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#1416
 Carpenter #130a



Tolkien in a letter to Hugh Brogan gives him some updates on his health. He also says that “Drama” is a “bore”.

1952

10 February 1952
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Father John Tolkien
#314
 Carpenter #132



Tolkien writes to his son John about a meal that he had with Lewis, which they called the ham-feast.
23 March 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Tolkien
#1417
 Carpenter #132a



Tolkien says that Edith is much happier but for the terrible noise in the street. He says that they will move into the room he currently uses as an offi...
22 June 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#315
 Carpenter #133



Rayner Unwin had written to Tolkien about Errantry and this gave Tolkien an opportunity to see if he could get The Lord of the Rings published by George...
4 July 1952
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Moore
#156


A short note from Tolkien to Miss Moore explaining that he has forgotten to enter the date to which her Viva Voce had been removed. Viva Voce: an oral e...
7 August 1952
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#157


In 1937, at the urging of his publishers Collins, Tolkien began writing a new Hobbit. Due to his full-time academic position, progress was slow, and he ...
10 August 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to Moira Sayer
#158


Tolkien writes a letter to Moira Sayer concerning the second half of The Lord of the Rings. Quotes appear in Christies 20th Century Books and Manuscript...
29 August 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#350
 Carpenter #134



Tolkien expresses his eagerness to publish The Lord of the Rings as soon as possible. Tolkien plans to spend some days correcting the manuscript at his ...
21 October 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1418
 Carpenter #134a



Tolkien writes to wish Michael a happy birthday for tomorrow. He is busy with work but offers his prayers and love to his son. He also mentions the arri...
24 October 1952
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#351
 Carpenter #135



Tolkien expresses regret for producing a substantial work like The Lord of the Rings during challenging times. He expresses gratitude for the recipients...
12 November 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1419
 Carpenter #135a



Tolkien replies to Rayners letter and mentions his pleasure at the news of Allen & Unwins decision to publish The Lord of the Rings.
15 November 1952
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Burns
#1062


Writing to a Mr. Burns. Tolkien refers to a Professor Kennedys book of Anglo-Saxon verse and a Miss Kirchberger who had sought Tolkiens advice on her wo...
25 November 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Sanford
#2010


Tolkien belatedly thanks Sanford for sending him a copy of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Prose Translation that had been published by Golden Cocker...

1953

Not dated (1953)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Basil Blackwell
#1420
 Carpenter #135b



Tolkien remarks to Basil Blackwell on the merits and shortcomings of a linguistic text being published in the near future. He points out that had he bee...
29 January 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael and Joan Tolkien
#1421
 Carpenter #135c



Writing to his son Michael and daughter-in-law Joan, Tolkien gives an update on their move to a new house, to 76 Sandfield Road. He notes that the start...
8 March 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#159


Tolkien has not supplied Sayer with a copy of The Lord of the Rings as yet.
11 March 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Norman Davis
#1422
 Carpenter #135d



Tolkien notes how it has been some time since he wrote, he has been meaning to but has been getting his affairs in order with his house move. He says th...
later in March 1953 (see letter dated 8 March)
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#160


An undated letter from later in March contains a new plea for help, this time in writing a publicity blurb for The Lord of the Rings.
24 March 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#352
 Carpenter #136



Tolkien writes to Rayner Unwin about the challenges hes faced leading up to the contract day for The Lord of the Rings. He is also concerned about Edith...
11 April 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#353
 Carpenter #137



Tolkien apologizes for the delay in sending the revised manuscript for The Lord of the Rings. His move was incredibly challenging. Tolkien has finally c...
21 April 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Norman and Lena Davis
#1423
 Carpenter #137a



Tolkien writing to Norman and Lena Davis begins by saying that he does not know how to call Davis, now that he has spent time with him and ate his “br...
28 April 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#161


Tolkien writes to George Sayer apologising for not thanking Sayer for his letter. Tolkien had received books late, missing a contract deadline. Tolkien ...
5 June 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1424
 Carpenter #137b



Tolkien asks Rayner Unwin for an update on galleys for The Lord of the Rings. He hopes that there will be little work as the copy was “pretty good”....
5 June 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1425
 Carpenter #137c



Tolkien writes to Allen & Unwin asking if there will be opportunity for the book to be reviewed. He wants C.S. Lewis especially to be able to review the...
22 June 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to P.H. Newby
#1426
 Carpenter #137d



Tolkien writes to P.H. Newby of the BBC. Newby had been negotiating to broadcast some of Tolkiens translation of Sir Gawain but pressures meant that he ...
24 June 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#162


Tolkien opens this letter by immediately apologising for using his typewriter. He is having trouble with his hand and is resting it. George had asked To...
8 July 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to P.H. Newby
#1427
 Carpenter #137e



Tolkien writing to P.H. Newby of the BBC, apologies for his delay in sending the typescript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which he has enclosed wi...
11 July 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Burchfield
#1080


Tolkien advises his student Burchfield about his thesis about Ormulum - the proposed thesis title is remarkably close to a recent German publication tha...
22 July 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to W.N. Beard
#163


Writing in reply to a letter from Beard (July 16th), Tolkien confirms he has received galleys that were wrongly delivered to his old address at 99 Holyw...
4 August 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#354
 Carpenter #138



Tolkien expresses his frustration with the galleys of his work, The Lord of the Rings. He finds the process tedious and mentions that the printed versio...
8 August 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#355
 Carpenter #139



Tolkien writes about The Lord of the Rings and he suggests some titles if it is published in three volumes. He was also concerned about whether the publ...
15 August 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ronald Eames
#180


Eames had written to Tolkien the previous day regarding galleys for The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien replies saying he will return all copies, if it is li...
17 August 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#356
 Carpenter #140



Tolkien expresses gratitude for Rayners visit. He proposes titles for the volumes of The Lord of the Rings and his rationale behind the titles.
31 August 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to George McDonald(?)
#1079


Letter discussing galleys of Lord of the Rings as well as Tolkiens translation of Sir Gawain. Although he complains about the lack of a tape recorder, w...
31 August 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1428
 Carpenter #140a



Tolkien writes, reminding Rayner that he will be in London the following day, he hopes Rayner will have time to lunch with him. He will arrive at Museum...
3 September 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to P.H. Newby
#1429
 Carpenter #140b



The BBC had expressed a desire to split Sir Gawain into six episodes but Tolkien does not think he can improve the divisions further. But after consider...
23 September 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.N. Beard
#1430
 Carpenter #140c



Tolkien apologizes for his delay in providing comments on the drawings. He does not think them satisfactory. He says that he should have been more caref...
9 October 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#369
 Carpenter #141



Tolkien expresses frustration and anxiety over the maps, as he believed they were an essential part of The Lord of the Rings.
15 October 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to P.H. Newby
#1431
 Carpenter #141a



Tolkien writes to P.H. Newby, giving details of his various health issues at present. He is suffering from laryngitis, lumbago, and sciatica. He still h...
19 November 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1432
 Carpenter #141b



Tolkien writes to Rayner, he has been struggling with ill-health through the term and only recently has he been able to deal with “many strands” of ...
30 November 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1433
 Carpenter #141c



Tolkien will bring his copy of the third volume for GA&U to use for costing but says it is yet to be revised and will need to be returned to him. He hop...
1 December 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1434
 Carpenter #141d



Tolkien writing to Rayner says that Volume Two reads “rather well” and notes that the first book contains very few errors. He hopes to arrive at the...
2 December 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1088


Writing to Miss Perry Tolkien discusses the Lord of the Rings, hoping it will be published in the coming year. He has had Ill health and has been very b...
2 December 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Father Robert Murray
#370
 Carpenter #142



Robert Murray had offered Tolkien some thought on The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien replied that The Lord of the Rings is a Catholic work, describing it as...
10 December 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#1435
 Carpenter #142a



Tolkien thanks Katharine Farrer Tolkien has a galley of Volume One of The Lord of the Rings which he has read only once, intended for Farrer to read, an...
28 December 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#181


Tolkien arranges to visit Allen & Unwin in London with the manuscript for The Return of the King.

1954

Unknown but assumed after The Lord of the Rings is published.
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Griffiths
#884


Tolkien writes to a Mr. Griffiths regarding Cecily Clarks Peterborough Chronicles.
22 January 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#371
 Carpenter #143



Tolkien writes about corrections to Book III and Book IV.
29 January 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rector of the University of Liège
#186


Tolkien writes to offer his greatest satisfaction and deepest gratitude for the honour he had been accorded with an honorary doctorate at the University...
16 March 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1359


Tolkien sends by registered post two maps, the General Map, and Part of the Shire. Both of these maps were drawn by Christopher Tolkien. Tolkien will no...
16 March 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1436
 Carpenter #143a



Writing to Allen & Unwin, Tolkien says that he has today, sent by registered, the proof for the “General Map” with a second map for Part of the Shir...
23 March 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1437
 Carpenter #143b



Tolkien, writing to Allen & Unwin, encloses possible jacket designs, one for The Fellowship of the Ring, and another for The Two Towers. Describing them...
24 March 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1438
 Carpenter #143c



Tolkien sends Allen & Unwin proofs of various pages and notes that included rune for “33” are not good, also “59” which he has previous explaine...
26 March 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1439
 Carpenter #143d



Tolkien has drawn a sketch for Volume III, but says he wont show it to Rayner as it is not constructive to point out the artificial divisions in the vol...
15 April 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1440
 Carpenter #143e



Further to #TCGLetter1438, Tolkien says that p. 33 passes, p. 59 is improved. He has discovered “2 or 3” errors in the runic decoration on the title...
25 April 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#372
 Carpenter #144



Tolkien writes about his use of languages in the book and explains the challenges faced in creating maps for The Lord of the Rings. He discusses the dis...
30 April 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#187


Tolkien writes to Stanley Unwin regarding Richard Hughess opinion of The Lord of the Rings. Excerpts ppears in Sothebys Catalogue of Nineteenth Century ...
3 May 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to P.H. Newby
#1441
 Carpenter #144a



In reply to a letter from P.H. Newby, Tolkien says that a talk on the Third Programme would be a suitable subject but notes that it would be a controver...
13 May 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#390
 Carpenter #145



Tolkien is pleased with positive early opinions about his work. He notes his dissatisfaction with the Houghton Mifflin effort, and gives some suggestion...
17 May 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Henry Willink
#188


Tolkien discusses C.S. Lewis and his invitation to Cambridge. Lewis had intitially refused the offer citing family obligations, namely his brothers heal...
17 May 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to H.S. Bennett
#920


Tolkien writes to H.S. Bennett who had written to Tolkien the previous day. He discusses the proposed move by C.S. Lewis to Cambridge. C.S. Lewis would ...
3 June 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd, [to Ronald Eames]
#391
 Carpenter #146



Tolkien does not approve of the proofs for the jacket of The Lord of the Rings, which he finds very ugly. He suggests some changes to the design of the ...
10 June 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1442
 Carpenter #146a



Tolkien addresses queries about The Two Towers by Allen and Unwins head reader. Tolkien found the close reading exraordiary. A large publisher will have...
15 June 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#392
 Carpenter #147



Tolkien expresses his delight in receiving an advance copy of The Fellowship of the Ring, he finds the jacket much improved and striking, particularly l...
6 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1061


Tolkien remarks on the division of The Lord of the Rings into three volumes, and complains about the contemptuous review of the first volume in the Sund...
7 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#393
 Carpenter #148



Tolkien expresses concerns about misprints in The Fellowship of the Ring. He highlights a disagreement over a botanical term, corrected by the printers....
17 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#189


Tolkien writes to his son Michael, telling of the welcome from certain people of his major work. He suggests that Michael George, his grandson, may enjo...
18 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#1443
 Carpenter #148a



Tolkien remarks on the morality of The Lord of the Rings and thanks the Farrer for paying close attention to such matters. He addresses the connections ...
21 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Neville Coghill
#190


Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond in a blogpost posted an extract of a letter to Nevill Coghill which can be read at
9 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rector of the University of Liège
#191


A continuation of a letter dated 29 January that same year about Tolkiens honorary doctorate. He also confirms he will gladly accept the invitation to t...
9 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#394
 Carpenter #149



Tolkien expresses his relief that the critiques were better than feared. He acknowledges the disadvantage of issuing the work in three parts, with criti...
18 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#2060


Tolkien replies to Hugh Brogan who had written on the subject of The Fellowship of the Ring.
18 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#395
 Carpenter #150



Tolkien is unable to submit any of the Appendices. The delay is attributed to promises made in Volume I, which are proving very difficult to meet.
18 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#398
 Carpenter #151



Tolkien shares thoughts on the fascination of The Lord of the Rings. The author hopes to include an upcoming note on translation. The letter ends with t...
20 September 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1087


Tolkien opens by saying he has been ill or else would have replied to Miss Perrys letter of 10 August. He mentions a Mr. Lambert and that authors should...
23 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#399
 Carpenter #152



Tolkien discusses the English dialogue in The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth, Beorhthelms Son that should be used in the BBC Radio programme. In the 2023 revi...
25 September 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#402
 Carpenter #154



Tolkien responds to Mrs. Mitchisons kind letter and her generous and perceptive review of The Lord of the Rings. He discusses the complexity of the work...
25 September 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#403
 Carpenter #155



Tolkien responds to Mrs Mitchisons about the concept of magic in his works, particularly in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien acknowledges that it is a lar...
28 September 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Daphne Castell
#1046


Daphne Castell (later Cloke) interviewed Tolkien circa 1966. This letter, along with three others and an annotated transcript of her notes for the inter...
27-30 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Hastings
#401
 Carpenter #153



Tolkien responds to a readers extensive analysis and questions about The Lord of the Rings. Amongst many topics, Tolkien discusses the unique fate of Ha...
13 October 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to John Staniforth
#193


Tolkien was delighted to receive a letter from Mr. John Staniforth referring to himself as a sexagenarian. Tolkien cites his noticing of the songs in Th...
13 October 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Cheesman
#921


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
13 October 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Briggs
#1712


Tolkien was sent a letter on the 11th October and replied to some queries about Gollum and the publication date of The Two Towers.
18 October 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rector of the University of Liège
#192


This letter (written and sent from Dublin) again concerns the festivities of Tolkiens reception of an honorary doctorate at the University of Liège on ...
4 November 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Father Robert Murray
#404
 Carpenter #156



Tolkien addresses several topics related to The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien discusses the characters Smeagol and Gandalf (including the nature of the Ist...
6 November 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Burchfield
#194


Tolkien remarks on the reception to The Fellowship of the Ring by his colleagues. A photograph of the first half of the first page was included in Chris...
17 November 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#195


Tolkien writes to inform Heppenstall that he is unable to attend the rehearsal and the recording of the radio play for The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth whic...
22 November 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1086


Tolkien replies to Miss Perry who had sent Tolkien a favourable review of The Lord of the Rings. He was very pleased and discusses it along with other p...
27 November 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#405
 Carpenter #157



Tolkien expresses regret for not having written or offered help during the recipients difficult times, and suggests the possibility of contributing fund...
1 (and 2nd) December 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#196


Please see Hammond/Scull, Chronology, p. 469 (SUMMARY FORTHCOMING)
2 December 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#406
 Carpenter #158



Tolkien briefly mentions having only had time to glance at the Houghton Mifflin jacket information. He thinks it was written by someone who hasnt read t...
13 December 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#197


Tolkien writes on the matter of the BBCs radio play of The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.
20 December 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1444
 Carpenter #158a



Tolkien apologizes to Rayner for not having sent off the main matter earlier, and he details the hectic year he has had. More than any one person could ...

1955

28 January 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Dodds
#1078


This letters contents is currently unknown. It was noted in the Tolkien Societies journal, Amon Hen
3 February 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Terence Tiller
#198


Tolkien replies to Mr. Tiller regarding a BBC radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He gives his approval and says he will contact Allen & Unwin to...
2 March 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Derrick Parnum
#199


Among various subjects, Tolkien mentions his health, which has been good, and the oddness of suggestions gifts. He remarks that he was gifted a pair of ...
3 March 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dora Marshall
#407
 Carpenter #159



Tolkien reflects on the challenges of getting their story published, expressing surprise and delight at the positive reception. Tolkien recalls a conver...
6 March 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#408
 Carpenter #160



Tolkien regrets having promised the appendices to The Lord of the Rings. He acknowledges the demand for detailed information but is finding this very di...
14 April 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#409
 Carpenter #161



Tolkien expresses frustration with creating a map for The Lord of the Rings.
18 April 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#410
 Carpenter #162



Christopher Tolkien had re-drawn Tolkiens draft-map of the area of Gondor and Rohan.
2 May 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Turnbull
#200


Writing to Miss Turnbull, Tolkien says that he ahs not had time to reply to her long letter as he is en-meshed with business and the final pieces of vol...
12 May 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#201


Tolkien replies to Rayner Unwin concerning his approval of Tolkiens map, which Christopher Tolkien reproduced.
19 May 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Turnbull
#202


Thanking Miss Turnbull for a gift and mention that he has sent off the last items (proofs) for The Return of the King.
26 May 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1445
 Carpenter #162a



Tolkien is still not happy with the appendices going in with The Return of the King, but says that they will have to do. He remarks on the ability of th...
2 June 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nathan C. Starr
#203


Tolkien writes that he has been involved with administrative duties as well as other distractions. He hopes that Nathan Starr has The Two Towers and is ...
2 June 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosemary Summers
#1166


Replying to Rosemary Summers, believed to be a teacher, Tolkien says that some critics argued the Hobbit was too frightening for children. Her school ch...
5 June 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to The New York Times Book Review
#1016


Tolkien responded to a request as to what makes him tick. Quotes from this letter were printed in the 5 June 1955 New York Times Book Review article In ...
7 June 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to W. H. Auden
#476
 Carpenter #163



Tolkien shares insights into the origins and inspirations behind his writing, particularly focusing on The Lord of the Rings. He discusses the evolution...
13 June 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Deirdre Levinson
#204


This short note sees Tolkien confirming a visit the following day at noon by Levinson. A description of the letter was included in Bonhams Books, Maps a...
22 or 23 June 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Patricia Kirke
#883


A letter written to P. Tolkien and Edith had been to Ireland where they stayed with a Bridget MacCarthy in Cork. Tolkien says he will be at Oxford aroun...
28 June 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1089


Tolkien mentions his visit to London where he met Rayner Unwin. He met Mr. Wilson who he described as the small old Scott who seems to reign over that l...
29 June 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#477
 Carpenter #164



Tolkien describes a challenging and overwhelming period with an excessive workload, emphasizing the strain it has taken. He mentions booksellers, includ...
30 June 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Houghton Mifflin Co.
#478
 Carpenter #165



Tolkien discusses some questions from The New York Times. He talks about the name, TOLKIEN, his ancestors, and even though he was born in Africa, he con...
5 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1446
 Carpenter #165a



Tolkien notes that the proofs sent to him arrived later than expected and notes that this will hurry matters, after his days of leisure have been cut sh...
15 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1447
 Carpenter #165b



Tolkien received some additional proofs of The Return of the King back from the printers, and is still not happy with the result. He chalks it up to his...
22 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#479
 Carpenter #166



Tolkien expresses dissatisfaction with the current proofreading procedure and raises concerns about potential errors in the published volume.
27 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Richard L. Sturch
#960


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
27 July 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Judson
#1060


A letter from Tolkien to Miss Judson of Tunbridge Wells talking about The Return of the King and Tolkiens 1955 trip to Italy.
27 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1448
 Carpenter #166a



Tolkien informs Rayner that he will be in Gondor for a few days, but doubts that anything urgent will come up while he is away.
28 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jennifer Brookes-Smith
#205


Tolkien writes discussing the maps in The Lord of the Rings and his much needed holiday in Gondor ...: Polargir and Lossarnach (identified in a note as...
28 July 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Dixey
#206


Tolkien wishes that Mrs. Dixey will enjoy reading the as yet unpublished Return of the King, telling her that there are about 100 pages of appendices. I...
11 August 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.N. Beard
#1449
 Carpenter #166b



Tolkien says that he cannot answer Mr. Beards questions until he is back home and has a proof copy of the final text of Return of the King to look at.
15 August 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher & Faith Tolkien
#480
 Carpenter #167



Tolkien writes about his Italian holiday. Tolkien and Priscilla visited Assisi and Venice.
22 August 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to John Roberts
#208


Tolkien writes to John Roberts, apologising for the delay in publishing the third volume of The Lord of the Rings. He describes the third volume, regret...
6 September 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss A. Munro-Kerr
#349


Tolkien submits a hand-written application and cover letter to join The Society of Authors on this date. He gives his full name, signature, occupation, ...
7 September 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Richard Jeffery
#481
 Carpenter #168



Tolkien responds to Mr. Jefferys letter. Tolkien discusses the command of Elvish script and mentions the upcoming release of Volume III, which will incl...
8 September 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Souch
#209


Tolkien answers a letter discussing among other things the delay in the last volume of The Lord of the Rings. He hopes the final volume is close to publ...
8 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#1450
 Carpenter #168a



Tolkien remarks that his holiday in Italy only made him more tired and not at all rested. Combined with his anxieties over the Return of the King releas...
9 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Sparrow (The Society)
#1171


Tolkien wriitng to John Sparrow on finances of The Society (Ad Eundem club), the drop in members and subscriptions, he notes that Cambridge is not payin...
11 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#482
 Carpenter #169



Tolkien was asked about Numinor in C.S. Lewiss That Hideous Strength and responds that it is a form of unintended borrowing. Tolkien clarifies that the ...
18 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#2062


Tolkien had begun a longer letter to Hugh Brogan giving reasons for the inclusion of archaic language in The Lord of the Rings. He did not finish that l...
18 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#517
 Carpenter #171



Tolkien addresses the criticism of his use of deliberate archaism in his writing and strongly defends his choice to use this in The Lord of the Rings as...
27 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Martin C. Stone
#958


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
28 September 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#210


Tolkien opens this two sided post-note apologising for his delay in replying. He and Edith have both been very ill of late. He had recieved the proof-co...
30 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Philip Unwin (Allen & Unwin Ltd.)
#483
 Carpenter #170



Tolkien feels that his life may be in danger if The Return of the King is not published soon. This letter is held at the Tolkien–George Allen & Unwin ...
12 October 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Philip Unwin (Allen & Unwin Ltd.)
#518
 Carpenter #172



Tolkien writes to Allen & Unwin, stressing that they must publish The Return of the King on the 20th October 1955. The letter is held at the Tolkien–G...
22 October 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Mitchell
#212


Letter to Mr. Mitchell, about reading The Lord of the Rings and extends offer to sign his 3 volumes. Tolkien hopes that his success with the The Lord of...
22 October 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Judson
#1059


The letter concerns The Return of the King and Tolkiens invented languages as the source from which his stories originally grew.
24 October 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joyce Biddell
#214


Tolkien expresses pleasure that his books cheered her. The recipient may be Joyce Biddell of Maidstone, Kent, who adapted the novel for the stage in 196...
24 October 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#521
 Carpenter #173



Tolkien delivered his ODonnell lecture, English and Welsh, on the 21st October 1955 and mentions that The Return of the King was published on the 20th O...
10 November 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Lord Halsbury
#522
 Carpenter #174



Tolkien expresses gratitude for Lord Halsburys approval and interest in his work. He discusses the surprising success of The Lord of the Rings and follo...
30 November 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Molly Waldron
#524
 Carpenter #175



Tolkien writes about the radio adaption of The Lord of the Rings. He specifically criticizes the portrayal of events around Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.
?Late 1955 or ?1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.E. Selby
#230


Little is known of this 6 page letter but Tolkien touches on the publication of The Lord of the Rings, stating it is not a trilogy and not an allegory. ...
?December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Straight
#530
 Carpenter #181



Tolkien responds to a reviewers questions about The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien discusses that the story is meant to be enjoyed as a fairy tale. He menti...
2 December 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elizabeth Jennings
#215


Tolkien sends a note to congratulate Jennings on her book of poetry, A Way of Looking being published. He also makes a mention on Audens new book, Shiel...
8 December 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#226
 Carpenter #176



Tolkien mentions his ODonnell Lectures in Celtic Studies. He expresses disappointment in the radio broadcast adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. Tolki...
8 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#526
 Carpenter #177



Tolkien expresses his agreement with critics negative views on the radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien anticipates negative responses to ...
12 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to David Masson
#211


The Return of the King was published 20 October 1955. Irritated by the Times Literary Supplement review of 25 November 1955, Mr. Masson, a librarian at ...
12 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#527
 Carpenter #178



Tolkien writes about Victorian Warwickshire as an inspiration for the Shire. Additional quotes from this letter appear in Chronology. The original is he...
14 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#528
 Carpenter #179



Tolkien is happy to accept criticism of The Lord of the Rings.
16 December 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Capan
#228


Tolkien thanks Mr. Capan for an invitation to visit Cambridge University but he must decline with regret. He is busy in term-time, especially in the mid...
20 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Tolkien
#1451
 Carpenter #179a



Tolkien writes to his eldest son, Father John Tolkien, saying that he will miss him at Christmas time but knows that he will see him soon. He says he is...
20 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joan Anne Tolkien
#1452
 Carpenter #179b



Tolkien writes to granddaughter Joan and says that he really enjoyed her birthday party, and that she is growing so fast. He has enclosed some money for...
21 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Rachael Feichtmeir
#229


This letter remains unpublished and little is known beyond one quote, Tolkien says that One must write to a map in being or times and distances get hope...
23 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Audrey Bayley
#1234


Letter from Tolkien to Audrey Bayley, in response to a fan letter, hoping that the success of The Lord of the Rings will lead to the publication of the ...

1956

1 January 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Polet
#232


Tolkien writes a brief letter thanking Mr Polet for his letter and expresses his delight that Polet is enoying The Lord of the Rings.
1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Unknown
#231


This letter to an unknown recipient was briefly mentioned in an article, Tolkien Letters a Treasure posted by the Chronicle in Newcastle after an appear...
5 January 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1453
 Carpenter #179c



Tolkien says he has had no time to revisit The Silmarillion, but hoping to in the near future. He makes a point to thank Rayner Unwin for all his help i...
12 January 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Scott
#1652


Tolkien writes to Peter Scott, of the London Newman Circle. He declines the invitation to give a public lecture as he is too busy to talk about himself....
14 January 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Godfrey Nicholson
#233


Tolkien replies to Godfrey Nicholson who is a member of Parliament and a fan of The Lord of the Rings. He says he would be delighted to meet and dine wi...
14 January 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Alford
#234


Tolkien replies to Peter Alford, of the BBC about his production of The Lord of the Rings.
Undated (1956-1958)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Alford
#285


This undated letter sent sometime between January 1956 and April 1958 concerns an Elvish passage as noted by Anders Stenström. He noted an Elvish passa...
14 January 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Thompson
#529
 Carpenter #180



Tolkien expresses gratitude for a readers encouraging letter. He writes that his work began during World War I and evolved into the invention of legends...
?Late January 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Notes on W. H. Auden’s review of The Return of the King
#532
 Carpenter #183



These are Tolkiens notes based on a review by W.H. Auden. He argues that his story is not an allegory of his personal experiences but a depiction of hum...
28 January 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Doris Elizabeth Sykes
#1054


Tolkien likes the illustrations that he has been sent, and discusses his own drawing skills. He has sent the drawings to Allen & Unwin, but has little h...
?Mid-February 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Alford
#239


Tolkien writes about the divisions of the books of The Lord of the Rings. Enclosed with the letter was two paragraphs that Tolkien describes as being in...
29 February 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Tim Robinson
#1262


Tolkien apologises for being unable to attend a meeting of the Oxford University English Club. The complete letter was reproduced in full in ADC Books C...
7 March 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Durden
#240


Tolkien is pleased to read of Mr Durdens delight from reading The Lord of the Rings. He mentions briefly the Appendices, and that he hopes to be able to...
8 March 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William Galbraith
#235


Among many subjects Tolkien discusses the unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Numenor, echoes of past tales. Tunes for poem...
15 March 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Martin C. Stone
#959


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
18 March 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Sam Gamgee
#533
 Carpenter #184



Tolkien writes to a Mr Sam Gamgee from Tooting. He mentions how he came up with the name Gamgee, and mentions cotton-wool and the Gamgee family from Bir...
19 March 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#534
 Carpenter #185



Tolkien wrote to Christopher about #TCGLetter533.
21 March 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ernest Rasdall
#241


Tolkien confirms that a parcel arrived safely but due to being unwell and during a busy time he had not replied. Tolkien will return the books (Hammond/...
28 March 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Patricia Kirke
#242


Tolkien writes a letter explaining his current bad health and work load. The letter was included in Gerard A.J. Stodolski Catalogue 299.
April 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joanna de Bortadano
#535
 Carpenter #186



Tolkien dismisses the idea that his story is an allegory of atomic power. Tolkien mentions the significance of humility and equality as spiritual princi...
3 April 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#536
 Carpenter #188



Tolkien expresses his strong concern about the translation of The Lord of the Rings. As a professional linguist and the author of the work, he emphasize...
3 April 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#1454
 Carpenter #188a



Tolkien tells Hugh that although he will be delighted to see him, there are few hobbits left in Old Marston and Old Headington.
11 April 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to M. Wilson
#537
 Carpenter #189



Tolkien responded to Mrs. Wilson stating that The Lord of the Rings should really be read by adults, as it was not a work aimed at children.
12-13 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William Galbraith
#236


Sent on the 13th April as a separate note along with #TCGLetter235, Tolkien apologises for the slow nature of his reply. A complete transcript along wit...
12 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Earle
#238


Written shortly after the publication of his new trilogy, Tolkiens letter comprises a thoughtful reply to a fan, Mr. Earle, who evidently was so excited...
16 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to H [Humphrey]. Cotton Minchin
#1528


As with Tolkiens draft of this letter, this letter opens with Tolkiens ackowledgment of Minchins suggestions and his note that he is now more than ever ...
16 April 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to H [Humphrey]. Cotton Minchin
#243
 Carpenter #187



Tolkien describes himself as a philologist, and sometime calligrapher. An index of Elvish names was intended to be produced, noting that his specialist ...
20 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to [Rev.] Paul Spilsbury
#1692


Writing to a fan, Tolkien says that he has no time to explain things concerning his writing at this time, noting that it is the beginning of term. But t...
28 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Deirdre Levinson
#244


Tolkien writes to Deirdre Levinson, a former student, regarding tuition.
29 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosfrith Murray
#245


Tolkien begins with apologies for his late reply, he has been very busy with work, staying up very late even. He says he has knows nothing about drama a...
29 April 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#885


Tolkien wrote to his publisher saying that he was being honoured/or pestered by would-be illustrators.
?Late June or July 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Houghton Mifflin Co.
#531
 Carpenter #182



Tolkien hoped that he would be able to publish parts of The Silmarillion After the success of The Lord of the Rings he hoped it may be reconsidered.
?Early July 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Doris Elizabeth Sykes
#237


Tolkien apologizes for making Doris Sykes anxious, explaining that had been very busy. He says that the publisher does not intend to make an illustrated...
2 July 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Patricia Henderson
#246


Tolkien has been invited to visit Cambridge and give a speech, but he must decline due to his workload. He notes that he has many invitations at the mom...
3 July 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#538
 Carpenter #190



Tolkien expresses strong objections to the Dutch translation of The Lord of the Rings. He vehemently opposes any alteration or translation of the nomenc...
26 July 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss J. Burn
#553
 Carpenter #191



Tolkien reflects on Frodos role in the destruction of the Ring and discusses the theological implications of his actions. Tolkien rejects the notion of ...
27 July 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#554
 Carpenter #192



Tolkien responds to a letter discussing Frodos perceived failure in the story. Tolkien defends Frodos inability to surrender the Ring as an inevitable a...
19 September 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Terence Tiller
#258


Tolkien gives his permission in principle for Tiller to commence with the second two parts of the Lord of the Rings for the BBC. A description and trans...
2 November 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Terence Tiller
#555
 Carpenter #193



Tolkien discusses the concept of accent in the context of representing different languages, particularly the Common Speech (C.S.) in his legendarium. To...
5 November 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Britten
#259


Tolkien answers some questions, on The Silmarillion and on Elvish sleep among more general queries. It is plainly suggested that Elves do ‘sleep’, b...
6 November 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan Hill
#1065


Tolkien declines a dinner invitation.
6 November 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Terence Tiller
#556
 Carpenter #194



Tolkien responds to Mr Tiller regarding a dramatic or semi-dramatic representation of The Lord of the Rings. He questions whether listeners unfamiliar w...
6 November 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1455
 Carpenter #194a



Writing to son Michael, Tolkien muses on his faith and how it brings him solace in times of trouble, he details how it helps, how it sometimes is a burd...
11 November 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Britten
#260


Among various topics, the letter discusses Gimli and Legolas,
22 November 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Stanley-Smith
#280


Tolkien replies to Miss Stanley-Smith of the Deddington Library and confirms he can attend and give a speech at the opening of the new library. He follo...
24 November 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1456
 Carpenter #194b



In regards to the Dutch translation of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien says he has not the time or energy to be overly critical of it, and in any case ha...
8 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. [Anthony] Roberts
#281


Tolkien replies to a fan letter with pleasure that Mr. Roberts is enjoying The Lord of the Rings. He makes a brief mention of his First and Second Age s...
15 December 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#557
 Carpenter #195



Tolkien discusses Frodos attitude towards weapons and clarifies that Frodo was not a modern pacifist.
16 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Britten
#261


Tolkien discusses Richard IIIs portrait at Kings College, Cambridge.
19 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Stanley-Smith
#282


Tolkien replies to Miss Stanley-Smith after he had given a speech at the opening of Deddington Library. Tolkien feels his speech did not merit any fee s...
20 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Deirdre Levinson
#283


Tolkien sends a short note with his greetings, and a reminder that he would like to see Deirdre again and asks her to let him know of a gift as he would...
24 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Patricia Kirke
#284


Tolkien apologises for his lack of time to write letters or Christmas cards. He is immensely busy. He notes that his daughter, Priscilla, will be taking...

1957

3 February 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1457
 Carpenter #195a



Tolkien says that work is still getting in the way of him spending any time on The Silmarillion. He is having trouble with a professor in America as wel...
4 February 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Max Schuchart
#1529


Tolkien writes to Max Schuchart on matters of the Dutch translation of the Fellowship of the Ring.
1 March 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter Monckton
#1653


Tolkien writes to Monckton, suggesting dates for the next dinner in the hopes that Monckton can attend and add more weight to the Oxford side. He had de...
1 March 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1458
 Carpenter #195b



Tolkien apologizes to Rayner for being exhausted at their previous meeting and says he is recovering from a very stressful school term. He says that he ...
21 March 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#558
 Carpenter #196



Tolkien mentions Jack Lewis and acknowledges having limited knowledge of Lewiss troubles. In the 2023 revised edition of Letters, a brief introductory s...
9 April 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Haywood
#286


In reply to a letter from a boy who had read The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien says he is pleased that his work is bringing enjoyment to readers. He says t...
24 April 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#287
 Carpenter #196a



Tolkien discusses various matters including academic news, Hebrew, work with The Jerusalem Bible, the Book of Jonah. Excerpts from this letter were publ...
25 April 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#182


A short note, arranging lunch with Sayer,
3 May 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Blackwood
#288


A letter to a young fan named Charles Blackwood. Discusses runes, Tolkien remarks that he did not invent the runes in The Hobbit. See for more details.
9 May 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#559
 Carpenter #197



Tolkien expresses gratitude for this letter and contemplates the idea of retiring in July and reflects on the financial and health implications. Tolkien...
9 June 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#322


Tolkien apologises for not replying earlier. he ahs been overworked, noting that he has not the aid of an assistant in his role. He would be delighted t...
19 June 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#560
 Carpenter #198



Tolkien expresses a personal openness to the idea of an animated motion picture based on his work.
22 June 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Andrew Schiller
#323


In response to a paper that Andrew Schiller wrote and sent with a letter to Tolkien, he discusses the classic medieval tale Sir Gawain and the Green Kni...
24 June 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Caroline Everett
#561
 Carpenter #199



Tolkien was not inclined to offer any biographical details, as he doubted their relevance. Though he does go on to give some biographical facts. This le...
25 June 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Major Bowen
#562
 Carpenter #200



Tolkien provides an explanation of Saurons nature and his role in the world.
26 June 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Deirdre Levinson
#324


Commenting on the conditions of South Africa and updates on appointments at Oxford. he mentions that Nevill Coghill has been appointed Merton Professor ...
9 July 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter Monckton
#1655


Monckton had written to say that he cannot make the dinner of 13 July. Tolkien replies that the next dinner will be held on 14 December. He reminds Monc...
5 August 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jerome W. Archer
#325


Tolkien discusses an invitation to visit the Marquette University the following spring as well health issues. He had been obliged to cancel plans to tra...
5 August 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jerome W. Archer
#893


This letter sent on the same day as another (see #TCGLetter325) was to determine the practicalities of the visit to Marquette. The original letter, in t...
6 August 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#894


Tolkien writes to William Ready of Marquette to confirm to him his intention to visit Marquette the following year. The original letter and a complete t...
?Mid-September 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1669


Tolkien sends his letter from 6 September intended for Forrest J. Ackerman to Rayner Unwin after hearing nothing more from him and asks him to forward i...
4 September 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1460
 Carpenter #200a



Tolkien informs Rayner that he has had a meeting with Forrest J. Ackerman, acting for three persons, who were interested in filming The Lord of the Ring...
6 September 1957 (UNSENT)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Forrest J. Ackerman
#1668


Tolkien writes a letter to Forrest J. Ackerman but it will never be sent.
7 September 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#576
 Carpenter #201



Tolkien expresses dissatisfaction with the current script for the proposed film version of The Lord of the Rings. Previously, Wayne G. Hammond and Chris...
11 Sep 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Clemence Dane
#321


Tolkien writes a short note to Clemence Dane, thanking her for her kindness the day before. She had presented Tolkien with the International Fantasy Awa...
11 September 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher and Faith Tolkien
#577
 Carpenter #202



Tolkien describes his meeting with Sir Stanley Unwin and Mr Ackerman, they decided upon a policy to deal with film rights.
9-10 November 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#326


Tolkien offers a critical commentary on an essay about Chaucer. Tolkien says that the essay is too abstract and avoids direct language too much. A descr...
17 November 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#328


Tolkien replies with gratitude for the invitation for he and Edith to lunch but they cannot make the Tuesday but hopes to be asked again. He suggests th...
17 November 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Herbert Schiro
#327
 Carpenter #203



In response to a letter from Herbert Schiro asking about allegory in The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien quite angrily dismisses these readings. Much of this...
7 December 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#578
 Carpenter #204



Tolkien discusses a letter from Halsbury expressing admiration for the Silmarillion material and anticipation for its publication. Tolkien mentions a le...
13 December 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1461
 Carpenter #204a



Tolkien gives his thoughts to Rayner on the continuing work to try and turn the Lord of the Rings into a film. He gives his thoughts on the people wanti...
19 December 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Patricia
#329


Tolkien discusses his hectic schedule, translations of the rcently published (in 3 volumes) Lord of the Rings. Tolkien states that he is on leave now fo...
19 December 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Cees Ouboter
#845


Tolkien is invited to visit Holland. Edith is not well but he proposes some dates for the visit.

1958

C. 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to unknown
#1092


A brief note thanking a fan for their letter about The Lord of the Rings. A typeset of part of the letter exists in the Marquette archives.
10 January 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#331


A very brief note from Tolkien to his grandson on the occasion of his 15th birthday.
17 February 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Wordsworth
#332


Tolkien sends a very short note confirming a dinner. In an annotation, the recipient notes in reference to Tolkiens indicated writing time of 12:45 am :...
19 February 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wood
#333


Tolkien says he would very much like to meet you and Mr. David Smith. Tolkien is on leave due to his wifes illness and he will be visiting her in hospit...
21 February 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#579
 Carpenter #205



Tolkien congratulates Christopher on a paper that he gave at St Annes College.
22 February 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wood
#334


Tolkien confirms that Tuesday will be fine for a visit, though he has a guest around 7pm. The guest will be Mr Jonathan Wordsworth.
6 March 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#330


Tolkien broaches a difficult matter, he offers his friend financial support, in the form of £30. The second letter was sent on the 11th March 1958 - #T...
11 March 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#148


Tolkien writes to his friend Przemyslaw Mroczkowski saying that he is relieved that Przemyslaw will allow Tolkien to share a little of the proceeds of T...
12 March 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nancy Smith
#207


Following the publication of the third volume from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, many readers demands grew for an index or glossary that would help...
18 March 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Messrs. Voorhoeve en Dietrich
#389
 Carpenter #205a



Tolkien thanks Ouboter for the invitation to the festival, and says he is mostly looking forward to it. He points out that his understanding of Dutch is...
20 March 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Cees Ouboter
#336


Tolkien replies to Cees Ouboter of Holland regarding Ediths health along with relaying arrangements for his visit to Amsterdam via London and Rotterdam....
c. April or early May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Forrest J. Ackerman (unfinished letter)
#1681


Tolkien had begun writing a letter to Forrest J. Ackerman in April or May which he says is to give an idea of the changes and reductions he would tolera...
2 April 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Alford
#337


Tolkien had just returned from Holland and had obtained a copy of the invitation and menu for Peter Alford. All went well except a change to the speaker...
2 April 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Messrs. Voorhoeve en Dietrich
#388
 Carpenter #205b



Tolkien writes a letter thanking Mr. Ouboter regarding his visit to Holland. He says that the sooner he can return there, the better.
3 April 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Jongkees
#335


Professor Jongkees had invited Tolkien for a cup of tea, Tolkien replies as if by Gandalf.
8 April 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#580
 Carpenter #206



Tolkien describes in great detail his trip to Rotterdam.
8 April 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#581
 Carpenter #207



Tolkien expresses his intent to review the Story-Line provided by Zimmerman for the animated film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien indicates...
10 April 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to C. Ouboter
#582
 Carpenter #208



Tolkien describes the message in The Lord of the Rings.
?11 April–c. 21 April and c. 28 April–5 May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Forrest J. Ackerman
#915


Tolkien had been visited by Forest J. Ackerman in September 1957 (see reference) to discuss a proposed adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Ackerman sho...
12 April 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Jongkees
#1056


Tolkien wrote a two page letter to Professor Jongkees. He is pleased that many of those who have read his books are devoted to the sciences. He says tha...
4 May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Murray, S.J.
#583
 Carpenter #209



Tolkien discusses philology and the original meaning of words.
16 May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1678


Writing to Rayner, Tolkien says that his face is healing and he is feeling better, and able to read and write again. He has not been able to complete th...
27 May 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nancy Smith
#338


Due to demand from fans, Rayner Unwin hires editor and friend Nancy Smith to help Tolkien compile an index for The Lord of the Rings. See also #TCGLette...
27 May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1683


Tolkien writes to Rayner Unwin, including a letter with a sheet of answers to be forwarded to Nancy Smith. He has been waylaid by many bothers and will ...
9 June 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Forrest J. Ackerman
#584
 Carpenter #210



After receiving the script sent from Morton Grady Zimmerman Tolkien replies with (in parts) stinging criticism. He opens by apologising for sounding irr...
16 June 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1685


Tolkien writes to Rayner Unwin, including the Zimmerman story-line along with the cover note to Ackerman. Tolkien tells Rayner that he does not want to ...
[late 1958-early 1959]
J.R.R. Tolkien to A.C. Nunn
#586
 Carpenter #214



Tolkien describes Hobbit history and the process of giving and receiving gifts in the Shire.
11 October 1958 - 26 February 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Symm and Company
#1660


Noted at Archives Hub, and held at the Oxfordshire History Centre, is held correspondence between the buidling contractor Symm and Company and J.R.R. To...
14 October 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rhona Beare
#400
 Carpenter #211



Tolkien responds to questions, explaining the inspiration and meaning behind various elements in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien concludes by emphasizing...
14 October 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rhona Beare
#585
 Carpenter #212



Tolkien describes the creation of the World and then of the Dwarves by Aulë in draft that was never sent to Beare.
20 October 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Misses E. Jones and J. Taylor
#339


Tolkien sends his apologies not replying earlier, he describes himself as a much harassed man.
23 October 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Marjorie Incledon
#1464
 Carpenter #212a



Tolkien discusses his decision on moving house after retirement, and his frustrations on the work being done to his current residence. He discusses how ...
25 October 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Deborah Webster
#340
 Carpenter #213



Tolkien expresses reluctance to divulge personal details but acknowledges some significant facts about himself. He shares personal preferences, includin...
26 October 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to L.M. Cutts
#341


Tolkien apologises for the cost of The Lord of the Rings. He notes that he did not research his tale but that any tale cannot exist in a void and one ca...

1959

4 February 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to [Father] Alex Jones
#1465
 Carpenter #214a



Tolkien expresses his hope that he will upon retirement, be able to work on a new Bible translation but expresses concerns for Ediths health and says th...
21? February 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#342


Tolkien makes arrangements for the transfer of money regarding the purchase of his manuscripts of The Lord of the Rings. The original letter in the form...
24 February 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Merton College Porters
#1057


Note from Tolkien to the Merton College Porters asking them to allow his secretary, Miss Hope, to collect any letters or parcels addressed to him at the...
4 March 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1466
 Carpenter #214b



Writing to his son Michael, Tolkien remarks on the state of their house, and Ediths recovery from a broken arm. He also talks about his recent health st...
5 March 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#343


Tolkien writes with gratitude regarding Readys arrangement of the purchase by the Marquette University of Tolkiens manuscripts for The Lord of the Rings...
17 April 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter Allen
#590
 Carpenter #215



Tolkien declines to take part in a symposium on Childrens writing in draft form, but ends up sending just a short note.
8 May 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Hope
#1058


Tolkien sends a cheque, and thanks Miss Hope for her help, especially for beginning the task of putting his papers in order, and he comments on local el...
19 May 1959
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr. Zettersten
#344


Tolkien confirms that Ancrene Wisse is at the press and should be available soon but this all depends on how quickly he can get the proofs back to them....
26 May 1959
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Robinson
#345


A brief letter from Tolkien thanking Miss Robinson for her letter and the mention of her enjoyment of his work.
15 June 1959
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. A.C. Cawley
#397


A.C. Cawley wrote to Tolkien regarding Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and from Tolkiens reply we can deduce that there had perhaps been some mind to us...
19 June 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Benjamin Knights
#1064


Tolkien writes to Benjamin, and thanks him for buying The Lord of the Rings and answers a question on the height of Amon Hen, he doubts it was much over...
5 July 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Patricia Kirke
#1066


A melancholy letter expressing various complaints.
4 August 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1467
 Carpenter #215a



Tolkien tells Rayner that he would like his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to be published next and details his work on Ancrene Wisse. H...
12 August 1959
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dell
#1037


Tolkien writes his thanks for Dells letter and forwards a copy to his US publishers.
12 August 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Deputy Registrar, University of Madras
#591
 Carpenter #216



Tolkien declines an appointment as a member of a Board of Examiners.
11 September 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#592
 Carpenter #217



Tolkien writes about the Polish translation of The Lord of the Rings. A slightly different quotation from the letter is given in Chronology from that re...
9 October 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Eric Rogers
#593
 Carpenter #218



Tolkien replies about an English usage question referring to has or have.
15 October 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#596
 Carpenter #219*



Tolkien discusses his retirement. In the 1981 Edition of Letters, this letter was numbered #220
16 October 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#594
 Carpenter #220*



A Cambridge cat breeder had asked if she could register a litter of Siamese kittens under names taken from The Lord of the Rings. In the 1981 edition of...
8 November 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#346
 Carpenter #220a



Tolkien had hoped to see Mitchison but her letter twice delayed had not reached Tolkien until it was too late. He gives an update on life and remarks th...
24 November 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to D. M. Hawke, First Assistant Registrar, Oxford University
#597
 Carpenter #221



Tolkien writes to D. M. Hawke (First Assistant Registrar, Oxford University) on the Board of the Faculty of English about his retirement.
December 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#347


Tolkien complains about his forced retirement and inadequate pension.
9 December 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#598
 Carpenter #222



Tolkien writes to Rayner about his translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl.

1960

Between 1960 and 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#451


Tolkien wrote a series of letters to his cousin Dorothy Wood and Sothebys auction house quoted from many. Among those that no date could be determined c...
7 January 1960
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. K.F. Mawson
#452


A fascinating letter on the labors of producing his iconic work, concluding with a humorous aside on real-life namesakes of his famous characters. A pho...
9 February 1960
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1470
 Carpenter #222a



Tolkien informs Rayner that by way of looking at the Scunthorpe lists This letter is held at the Tolkien–George Allen & Unwin archive, HarperCollins.
12 February 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1471
 Carpenter #222b



Tolkien tells Rayner that he is getting to his work on the translations of Sir Gawain and Pearl, in addition to The Silmarillion, however the arrival of...
29 February 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1472
 Carpenter #222c



Tolkien asks Rayners thoughts on publishing small or minor bits having to do with the Ring Cycle. He says that he is being asked for these, and that the...
1 March 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1473
 Carpenter #222d



Writing to Allen & Unwin, Tolkien says that he has been sent five more copies of Sagam om Ringen, he notes that Swedish is not especially popular in Eng...
15 March 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ruth Spalding
#957


No details are known of this letter. It is held at the Wade.
April 1960
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Triode
#454


Tolkiens letter, of which an extract is published in Triode 18 (May 1960) deals with the possibility of a film of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien says th...
4 April 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#1474
 Carpenter #222e



Tolkien tells Jane Neave that he will send her a long instalment for reference.
2 May 1960
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J.R.R. Tolkien to unknown
#777


According to Kennys bookstore in Dublin, The letter was a reply by Tolkien to a publisher who had sent him a copy of a childrens book to proof and to pr...
5 May 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1475
 Carpenter #222f



Writing to Rayner Unwin, Tolkien tells him that he has had very little time for literary work of late, but says that the latest royalty check from The H...
7 July 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Heinrich Wolfgang Donner
#461


In this letter to his friend, Heinrich Wolfgang Donner, Tolkien says he is disaproving of the Swedish translation cover art for The Fellowship of the Ri...
7 July 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alina Dadlez
#462


Tolkien writes to Alina Dadlez saying that the Dutch Hobbit paperbacks printed by Prisma have arrived safely. He thinks the translation is reasonably we...
31 July 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#599
 Carpenter #223



Tolkiens publishing commitments are catching up with him. Chronology reproduced a slightly longer selection of the letter than what appears in Letters. ...
30 August 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Lewis Hersh
#1067


Letter concerns various points in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.
12 September 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#600
 Carpenter #224



Tolkien comments on the C.S. Lewis book Studies in Words.
22 November 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#463


In this letter Tolkien complains of the effects of old age and other troubles. Edith is under observation with the fear that she has cancer.
10 December 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#601
 Carpenter #225



Tolkien discusses Puffin Books offer to print The Hobbit.
31 December 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to L.W. Forster
#602
 Carpenter #226



Writing to L.W. Forster, Tolkien states that The Lord of the Rings was not influenced by the two World Wars, except for the landscape. The 2023 revised ...

1961

1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Fettes
#464


Christopher Fettes had written to Tolkien asking why he referred to both Tom Bombadil and Treebeard as the oldest beings in Middle-earth. In Tolkiens re...
5 January 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs E. C. Ossendrijver
#465
 Carpenter #227



Of this letter, a large portion was published as Letter #227 in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. In the opening portion of this letter to Madam Ossendrijv...
24 January 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#603
 Carpenter #228



Tolkien writes about including the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings in translations. Quoted selections from the letter appear in Chronology that are ...
26 January 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#455


Tolkien apologises for not replying to Amy Ronalds letter sooner. He has been working hard so as to give undivided attention to further work on the hobb...
13 February 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to [Father] Alex Jones
#1476
 Carpenter #228a



Tolkien writes to Father Alex Jones apologizing for being late in his submission to the new Bible translation project, and says that he has been stuck i...
23 February 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#604
 Carpenter #229



Tolkien’s commentary on Åke Ohlmarks’ introduction to the Swedish translation of The Lord of the Rings.
March 13, 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1856


Tolkien writes that he likes the Puffin Hobbit cover illustration made by Pauline Baynes very much.
9 May 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Henry St. J. Hart
#466


Tolkien writes to say that he unexpectedly able to come to Cambridge on the Saturday and he can stay until Monday. See also #TCGLetter467
9 May 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Dufton
#467


Tolkien writes to say that he unexpectedly can come to Cambridge on Saturday and he can stay until Monday. See also #TCGLetter466
23 May 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#468


Tolkien discusses the artist Cor Bloks pictures and whether any artist could do justice to the noble and heroic in his works.
1 June 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jan Broberg
#470


Tolkien regrets that he shall not be in Oxford when suggested. I shall be away from the 19th June until the 15th July. Tolkien will reside in Bournemout...
8 June 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rhona Beare
#605
 Carpenter #230



Answering various questions about The Lord of the Rings. A photocopy of original letter with a complete transcript is held at the Marquette archives.
3 July 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Gilmore
#471


Writing to Mr. Gilmore, Tolkien explains that there will not be a sequel to The Lord of the Rings,
28 July 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#693


Tolkien arranges to be photographed by Pamela Chandler.
2 August 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#694


Tolkien gives the photographer Pamela Chandler directions to find his house.
27 September 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to M.R. Ridley
#695


Tolkien corrects a mistake in Mr. Ridleys Elvish and congratulates him on his use of the language. This letter, with others, was made available for auct...
1 October 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#696


Tolkien asks Pamela Chandler for some prints from the galleys that she has sent him.
4 October 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#606
 Carpenter #231



Tolkien writes to his Aunt Jane about publishing Tom Bombadil.
11 October 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#697


Tolkien thanks Pamela for allowing him to keep the proofs of the photos she took.
11 October 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1070


Tolkien suggests a book about Tom Bombadil as an interim amusement that wouldnt cost too much. He suggests Pauline Baynes as illustrator.
Not dated (November 1961)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joan Anne Tolkien
#1469
 Carpenter #231a



Tolkien describes the changes to the town of Oxford since he has been living there. He says that many of the changes are not for the better, noise, cong...
4 November 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joyce Reeves
#607
 Carpenter #232



Tolkien talks about his pre-WWI trip to the Alps.
13 November 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Paul Barnetson
#486


Tolkien thanks Mr. Barnetson for his letter, He does not consider the book to be based on German or Icelandic folklore but says it has a northern air to...
15 November 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#487


Tolkien has been asked to provide more poems to go with Tom Bombadil as the book is too small according to GA&U. He notes that he believed a small volum...
15 November 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#608
 Carpenter #233



Allen & Unwin agree to publish The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.
18 November 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1072


Tolkien sends an additional poem (Princess Mee) to Rayner Unwin for possible inclusion in the Tom Bombadil poetry book.
22 November 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#609
 Carpenter #234



Tolkien sends some poems that he is considering for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. A lecture he gave on fairy stories at St Andrews consolidated his vi...
23 November 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#489


Tolkien notes the evolution of the The Adventures of Tom Bombadil,
6 December 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#610
 Carpenter #235



Pauline Baynes, who had illustrated Farmer Giles of Ham, had expressed herself willing to provide pictures for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and had b...
8 December 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1074


Tolkien has misgivings about the Tom Bombadil poems being incompatible, particularly The Sea-Bell.
28 December 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#490


Tolkien writes to Pauline Baynes about Farmer Giles of Ham translations.
28 December 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#493


Tolkien writes He offers his best wishes for Christmas and refers to Przemyslaw Mroczkowskis mention of a Polish translation (assumed to be of The Lord ...
28 December 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Howard
#2026


Tolkien replied to Christopher Howard, and talked about The Hobbit, reading The Lord of the Rings, and suggests that he can borrow it from a public libr...
29 December 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#494


Tolkien replies to Perry explaining his delay as be is not able to remember addresses and that his papers are not in order. Tolkien goes on to discuss h...
30 December 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#611
 Carpenter #236



Tolkien has read the Puffin Hobbit and was not impressed with changes made to the book. Chronology contains additional quoted material beyond what appea...

1962

1 February 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Cor Blok
#469


Tolkien writes to Corr Blok about Bloks Exhibition of his paintings and offers to buy two of them, The Battle of the Hornburg and The Dead Marshes.
5 February 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1076


Tolkien submits additional poems for possible inclusion in the Tom Bombadil book - Firiel, The Trees of Kortirion, Shadow-Bride and Knocking at the Door...
26 February 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to P.C. Buiter
#1354


Tolkien writes to Mr Buiter to inform him of the Puffin Hobbits publication.
12 March 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Sutton
#1843


Tolkien writes in reply to a letter asking for details of what Tolkien is writing. He apologises for the short delay as he is busy writing what Mr. Sutt...
6 April 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#183


Edith had an accident and fell, leaving herself unable to be left alone. Tolkien therefore had to cancel his plan to see his friend George Sayer.
12 April 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#612
 Carpenter #237



Tolkien discusses progress with The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Chronology contains additional material quoted beyond what appears in Letters. The origi...
16 April 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miriam Hirsch
#495


Tolkien writes expressing his sorrow at his delay in replying. He pleads be excused as he is still very busy and have little time to spare if I am ever ...
11 May 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1231


Tolkien replies to Joy Hill and includes the signed contract sent on 9 May. He says he will deal with the other matters over the weekend. See #TCGLetter...
14 May 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1232


Following Tolkiens letter of 11 May (#TCGLetter1231) he sends Joy Hill a corrected introduction for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil along with correction...
25 June 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#496


Tolkien notes his admiration of Baynes working practices and laments his own. He again asks for Baynes to work on the book and hopes for a visit. He con...
18 July 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#613
 Carpenter #238



Writing to his aunt, Jane Neave, and in a newly published From the original Letters, 1981. Tolkien had sent Jane a cheque, but she returned it suggestin...
20 July 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alina Dadlez
#614
 Carpenter #239



Writing to Alina Dadlez, Tolkien explains his displeasure at the Spanish translation of Hobbit and remarks back to the private fancies of the translator...
21 July 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1477
 Carpenter #239a



Tolkien informs Rayner Unwin that he is now in residence until 2 October and will return on 10 October as he is once again involved in term. He is stand...
1 August 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#615
 Carpenter #240



Pauline Baynes, who was illustrating The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, pointed out that the typescript of the title poem described Tom as wearing a peacoc...
3 August 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#492


Tolkien sends his reaction to the first pictures produced for the book:
9 August 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#873


Tolkien writes to Rayner, agreeing on a visit to London on 22 August. He has written to Pauline, and today receives a reply from her that she is proceed...
29 August 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#875


Tolkien sends his comments on the illustrations by Pauline Baynes to Rayner Unwin. Extracts are found in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronol...
8-9 September 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#616
 Carpenter #241



Tolkien writes about his lecture English and Welsh and about Leaf by Niggle.
19 September 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alina Dadlez
#498


Tolkien writes explaining that I prefer hobitos since it preserves to the eye more relationship to the original word. I do not much mind the h being mut...
31st October 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Kurt Festinger
#1305


Tolkien responds to a fan, saying that he cannot promise further adventures in Middle-earth.
2 November 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1478
 Carpenter #241a



Tolkien says that as Rayner knows, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil began, with his Aunt Jane. he asks that a complimentary copy be sent to her and charge...
7 November 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Sheppard
#499


Tolkien sends a short letter with his pleasure that Mr. Lambert enjoys his writing.
9 November, 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1530


Tolkien thanks Rayner for sending him Sir Stanley Unwins article in the Sunday Times. He will send a list of people who he wishes to receive a copy of t...
14 November 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to H [Humphrey]. Cotton Minchin
#500


Tolkien expresses gratitude for Philip Toynbees famous assault on his work in The Observer in 1961: Minchin was editor of The Legion Book (1929) and, li...
15th November 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss P. M. Strain
#1101


A brief letter thanking a fan for her letter and one from her niece. Tolkien says he hopes to write more about The Lord of the Rings but has many commit...
?19 November, 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1479
 Carpenter #241b



In secret, Allen & Unwin had been putting a Festschrift together to present to Tolkien on his 70th birthday. Tolkien writes to to congratulate Rayner fo...
28 November 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Sir Stanley Unwin
#617
 Carpenter #242



The Adventures of Tom Bombadil was published on 22 November. Additional quotes and context appear in Chronology than what is in Letters. The original le...
16 December 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Austin and Katharine Farrer
#1480
 Carpenter #242a



Tolkien gives thanks for a gift of a booklet on the Rosary and says that he has benefited from it tremendously. He gives his reasoning for coming to the...
19 December 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#618
 Carpenter #243



Tolkien sends a Christmas message to Michael. He mentions sales figures for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and was very pleased that a ‘Festschrift’...
23 December 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#876


Tolkien writes to Pauline Baynes giving her news on the reception of the Bombadil book.

1963

c. 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Unknown
#619
 Carpenter #244



A fragment at the top of which Tolkien has written: ‘Comments on a criticism (now lost?) concerning Faramir & Eowyn (c. 1963).’
12 February 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Elliot-Howard
#501


Mr. Elliot-Howard had written to Tolkien telling him of his adventures travelling around the world with his copy of The Lord of the Rings.
13 February 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Hooton
#698


Tolkien is deep in snow
13 February 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Allen
#1063


Tolkien writes to Miss Allen and notes that the Mewlips of his poem are mere legend, and that although the Hobbits are treated in his work as historical...
17 February 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Julie Cape
#502


Tolkien writes to Julie Cape thanking her for her letter of appreciation. She has enjoyed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien hopes that sh...
21 February 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Gill
#503


Tolkien writes to Mrs Gill, thanking her for her letter. He is pleased she has enjoyed his books. He is amazed that she waited patiently for two years t...
11 March 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to T. P. Dunning
#504


Tolkien apologises that Farmer Giles of Ham is only really half a book, and mentions his and Ediths poor health.
April 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Charles Huttar
#932


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
6 April 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to My Dear People (Wilfrid and Nora)
#505


Tolkien writes to a couple that he met while on holiday. He and Edith have been ill and he considers their vacation to have been a disaster but says mee...
18 April - 6 May 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. and Mrs. Kloos
#523


In this letter, a reply to the Klooss letter from March, Tolkien writes about his inspirations for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It was started ...
23 May 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Bruce Mitchell
#814


Tolkien discusses Beowulf, The short extract above comes from Kevin Crossley-Hollands 1968 translation of Beowulf. See ( Longer extracts were published ...
25 June 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rhona Beare
#620
 Carpenter #245



Answers to the following questions: (1) In the ‘English runes’ used for Anglo-Saxon inscriptions, the rune does not stand for G as it does in The Lo...
20 September 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Colonel Worskett
#622
 Carpenter #247



Tolkien writes about The Lord of the Rings, comparisons to The Hobbit, some discussion of the material being worked on for The Silmarillion, and a lengt...
22 September 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Eileen Elgar
#507
 Carpenter #246



Tolkien answers questions about The Lord of the Rings, especially regarding the failure of Frodo. Marquette archives have a partial transcript along wit...
5 October 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Sir Stanley Unwin
#623
 Carpenter #248



Allen & Unwin were to publish a paperback consisting of Tolkien’s lecture ‘On Fairy-stories’ and his short story ‘Leaf by Niggle’. An addition...
Oct 11 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1862


Tolkien writes to his secretary about the American deluxe Hobbit proposal, which had sent him a specimen of artwork from Virgil Finlay. He has some issu...
16 October 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#624
 Carpenter #249



Tolkien describes his visit to the Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth. Chronology contains a few additional quotes from the letter that do not appear in Carpe...
20 October 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1481
 Carpenter #249a



Tolkien writes to Christopher to congratulate him in a way on being named a Fellow at Exeter College.
21 October 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Munby
#508


Tolkien opens this letter stating that an earlier reply was delayed by ill-health and pressures of work. he caanot answer questions sent by her son, say...
1 November 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#625
 Carpenter #250



Tolkien thanks Michael for his letter. He gives him some fatherly advice and talks about his Christian faith. He was interested in how Michael George wa...
?Late November -?early December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#627
 Carpenter #252



Tolkien writes about the death of C.S. Lewis.
26 November 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Priscilla Tolkien
#626
 Carpenter #251



Tolkien discusses the death of C.S. Lewis.
28 November 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#509


Tolkien writes a letter to George Sayer after the death and funeral of his friend and Narnia creator C.S. Lewis. Years before Lewis had requested Tolkie...
29th November 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Gordon R. Naylor
#1690


A response to a fan who asked about the use of their maiden name in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien explains that it was entirely coincidental and refers...
December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared C. Lobdell
#510


Tolkien in this brief excerpt says that Lewis was a voracious and retentive reader.
1960s (likely December 1963)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Eileen Elgar
#776


Tolkien thanks Eileen Elgar for her card and sends her a copy of his verse which he describes as an American copy but printed in England. Tolkien apolog...
4 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Clark
#512


On page two of this three page letter Tolkien discusses various subjects including Leaf by Niggle,
6 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Madam Ossendrijver
#513


A brief letter stating that The Silmarillion is not yet complete, but that The Adventures of Tom Bombadil should be coming out soon in America. He compl...
7 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosalind Ramage
#514


Tolkien discusses rhyme and a poem sent to the professor by the recipient Roalind Ramage, offers much encouragement and includes a poem of his own for R...
12 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1857


Tolkien sends Robertss letter about serializing The Hobbit in Princess magazine to his publisher. He is in principle ok with the idea as the fee seems r...
11 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Howard McCord
#515


Howard McCord was a creative writing professor at Washington State University when he wrote a letter to Tolkien. He compliments Tolkien on The Fellowshi...
16 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Baronne A. Baeyens
#516


Tolkien opens this letter by apologising for his delay in replying to a letter from September, and that his secretary had typed up a note but he felt a ...
18 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Hepworth
#520


Tolkien writes a short note to Mr. Hepworth, the father of Jonathan who had sent Tolkien a drawing of Mordor. He thanks Mr. Hepworth for his letter and ...
18 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Hepworth
#519


Tolkien replied to a letter from Jonathan thanking for his letter - and especially for the (horrible) view of Mordor and the destruction of Orodruin. I ...
23 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#628
 Carpenter #253



It had been agreed that the new paperback (see no. 248) should be given the title Tree and Leaf. Rayner Unwin asked if Tolkien could suggest a suitable ...
25-26 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nancy Smith
#511


Tolkien writes on Christmas Day to Nancy Smith who in the 1950s had prepared an index to the Lord of the Rings. He explains he had retrieved her letter ...

1964

1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to A correspondent
#1689


In a footnote in Unfinished Tales, Christopher Tolkien quotes from this otherwise unknown letter discussing confusion around the numbering of Númenorea...
9 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rev. Denis Tyndall
#629
 Carpenter #254



Tyndall, an old boy of King Edward’s, Birmingham, had written to Tolkien recalling their schooldays together.
17 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to The Royal Society of Literature
#539


Tolkien was asked to write an obituary for the Royal Societys journal. He suggests Owen Barfield may be willing. Tolkien writes, saying that I feel his ...
17 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. A. Mountfield
#540


A typed letter of thanks to Mrs A. Mountfield of Eltham Green School, thanking her for sending the letter by one of her class children which gave him gr...
17 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Master Clements* (see note)
#541


Tolkien thanks Master Clements for his appreciation of The Hobbit and suggests that the other books I have written which you might enjoy, Farmer Giles o...
17 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#923


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
18 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Justin Arundale
#542


Tolkien replies to Justin Arundale aged ten explaining that the Silmarillion will not be published for some time yet. He closes by asking him to tell hi...
20-26 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#543


A reply to a sympathetic letter of Professor Przemyslaw Mroczkowski in Kraków. Tolkien hopes that his friend has recovered from an operation, though To...
24 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#925


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
8 February 1964 (not sent)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1482
 Carpenter #254a



Tolkien writes to Christopher. He reflects on the unwillingness of contemporary society to discuss complicated issues in the public square, and alludes ...
28 February 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to James Heaf
#544


Tolkien answers a question about what Hal saw on the North Moors - Tolkien does not think it was an Entwife, but likely a troll. He also recommends Heaf...
5 March 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Eileen Elgar
#164
 Carpenter #255



Eileen Elgar wrote to Tolkien asking for information about The Silmarillion. Included in his reply was a nine page manuscript, with genealogical tree il...
13 May 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Colin Bailey
#630
 Carpenter #256



An account of Tolkien’s unfinished story ‘The New Shadow’. See #Letter338 for more about the events after The Lord of the Rings. Chronology mentio...
30 May 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane T. Sibley
#546


Tolkien thanks Miss Sibley for her letter and close scrutiny of his books. He says that any mystery regarding his runes are easily solved: The runes in ...
30 May 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Peel
#2088


Tolkien apologizes for having trouble reading Mr Peels signature and was pleased that he liked his work. He states that The Silmarillion will not be pub...
6 June 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sue Parman
#548


Tolkien replies to Sue Parman, who had adapted some of Tolkiens poetry to music and sent him a recording on tape. On 6 June 1964, Tolkien sent her a let...
13-15 June 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.R. Matthews
#550


Tolkien discusses Black Speech stating that it was not intentionally modelled on any style, but was meant to be self-consistent, very different from Elv...
8 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to James Heaf
#545


In an earlier letter Tolkien had suggested that James Heaf read his forthcoming book The Silmarillion. He now regrets that The Silmarillion might not be...
10 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Marcus
#551


In this typed letter with a hand written post script Tolkien discusses the development of The Lord of the Rings saying that Hobbits were not a late addi...
10 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan White
#552


Tolkien replies thanking Alan White for his Runes. Included in this typed letter was a signature written in Roman and Tengwar letters. See DTS 68 - The ...
15 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss J.L. Curry
#563


Tolkien writes about Walt Disney and then on the second and final page says that he has been ill and unable to work. He is now better. A quote from this...
16 July 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Bretherton
#631
 Carpenter #257



Tolkien wrote that he usually typed letters because of his handwriting (which can be very difficult to read at times). He talks about the invention of h...
31 July 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared Lobdell
#1038


Tolkien discusses the proverb third time proves best.
31 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elizabeth "Lisa" Gell-Mann
#2115


Tolkien is pleased that Lisa likes his books and makes some suggestions for further reading. Namely Farmer Giles of Ham and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.
2 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#632
 Carpenter #258



During 1964 an Aquastroll hydrofoil, which made a trial crossing from Calais to Dover, was given the name Shadowfax (the name of the horse ridden by Gan...
7 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Anne Barrett (Houghton Mifflin)
#633
 Carpenter #259



Tolkien discusses Charles Williams and then explains why Tree and Leaf is called Tree and Leaf.
10 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Carole Ward
#564


Tolkien is pleased that Ward enjoyed the book. He says he is against dramatizations of his works, especially The Lord of the Rings which he feels is too...
14 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#565


Tolkien discusses the serialisation of The Hobbit in The Princess. Tolkien notes that dwarves is used throughout in his book, but it would be ok for thi...
15 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Richard Potts
#566


Tolkien replies to a letter which included a questionaire. Tolkiens reply is priceless. Richard Potts sent Professor Tolkien a questionnaire whilst work...
16 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Carey Blyton
#634
 Carpenter #260



Blyton had asked Tolkien’s permission to compose a Hobbit Overture.
21 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to G. Burke Johnston
#938


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade and contains a handwritten letter and a typed letter.
21st August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Kurt Festinger
#1304


Tolkien responds to a fan letter, pointing out where the runes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are translated in those books, and what his initi...
28 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to E. Rasdall
#567


Tolkien replies, thanking Mr. E. Rasdall for his interest in his writing and returns the copy of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil to be signed. Tolkien ex...
30 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to L. Sprague de Camp
#568


Tolkien writes to Lyon Sprague de Camp, an American author of science fiction and fantasy books, he had sent Tolkien a copy of Swords and Sorcery, an an...
30 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Anne Barrett (Houghton Mifflin)
#635
 Carpenter #261



A comment on an article about C. S. Lewis by one of his former pupils, George Bailey, in The Reporter, 23 April 1964.
7 September 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael di Capua
#636
 Carpenter #262



Tolkien responds to a query from Pantheon Books about writing a preface to George MacDonald’s The Golden Key. It never got past the draft stage, but l...
10 September 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Houghton Mifflin
#637
 Carpenter #263



Tolkien is not happy with the design of HMCos Tree and Leaf.
11 September 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#638
 Carpenter #264



Tolkien really does not like the design of HMCos Tree and Leaf. He comments negatively on Carole Wards proposal for a serialization of The Lord of the R...
11 November 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#569


Tolkien replies to questions about how the manuscripts of The Lord of the Rings and Mr. Bliss were sold to Marquette University. Quotes are found in SEV...
11 November 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to David Kolb, S.J.
#639
 Carpenter #265



Tolkien was asked about his views on the works of C.S. Lewis.
15 December 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#928


Jocelyn Gibb requested any letters from C. S. Lewis that could be included in a forthcoming volume. Tolkien exchanged few letters with C. S. Lewis, as t...
31 December 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ingeborg Korff
#570


This letter was from Tolkien to school children in Germany. Tolkien remarks that he was particularly interested to know that you have not only read The ...
Before 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Richard Lupoff
#574


Tolkien wrote to Richard Lupoff denying any influence from the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs on the creation of Shelob. An extract from the letter wa...

1965

Mid to late 1960s
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Blashka
#815


Joy Hill replies to a letter in which she is described as his chief scribe. The Silmarillion is not yet ready for publication and no date is known. Tolk...
5 January 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hilary Tolkien
#1331


Tolkien writes to his brother to thank him for visiting on his birthday.
6 January 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#571
 Carpenter #266



In this letter from Tolkien to his grandson, who was studying at St. Andrews University, Tolkien apologizes that his translations of Sir Gawain and the ...
9-10 January 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#640
 Carpenter #267



Tolkien talks about the death of Dr C.T. Onions and his memories of Fr. Francis.
19 January 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Unnamed (EXAMPLE OF A STOCK-REPLY)
#573


An example of brief stock letters that would be sent with Tolkiens written signature to readers who had sent letters to Tolkien. It reads Thank you very...
19 January 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss A. P. Northey
#641
 Carpenter #268



Tolkien describes what happened to Shadowfax at the end of The Lord of the Rings (he went with Gandalf into the West).
24 January 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joan O. Falconer
#575


Tolkien says that the impression that Sam is older than Frodo is in part due to the impression of their characters based on background and education. Th...
11 May 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Agatha Carew Hunt
#588


This letter is dated 11 May 1965 and was originally a stock reply to her letter of appreciation. Tolkien discovers the letter on 4 October, when he adds...
12 May 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden
#642
 Carpenter #269



Auden had asked Tolkien if the notion of the Orcs, an entire race that was irredeemably wicked, was not heretical.
20 May 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Eder
#1123


Tolkien replies to fan letter thanking Mr. Eder for his letters and pictures of stained glass windows. He enjoyed seeing them. He also alerts Eder to th...
20 May 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#644
 Carpenter #270



Tolkien had sent Unwin the typescript of his new story Smith of Wootton Major. It seemed to Unwin to need the companionship of other stories to make a s...
25 May 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#645
 Carpenter #271



Tolkien writes about revising The Lord of the Rings. Additional quotes from this letter concerning the revising of Sir Gawain are published in Chronolog...
28 May 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Unknown young lady from New Zealand
#688


Tolkiens secretary replies to a fan letter and then Tolkien adds some details in pen. The reader had asked if another book would be published and minor ...
20 May 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#943


This is a stock reply letter but Tolkien adds that he is hindered in writing the Silmarillion because of having to revise The Lord of the Rings to fight...
7 June 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#965


Tolkien writing to Donald Swann mentions a visit from Swann and his wife. The Tolkiens were delighted to spend time with them. The matter of the visit a...
20 July 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Zillah Sherring
#646
 Carpenter #272



In a second-hand bookshop in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Zillah Sherring found and bought a copy of The Fifth Book of Thucydides which contained a number of s...
21 July 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#647
 Carpenter #273



Mrs Scott was a leading campaigner in the battle to keep the pirate edition of The Lord of the Rings out of the American bookshops.
28 July 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Austin Olney
#648
 Carpenter #274



Tolkien discusses revising The Lord of the Rings and the maps. Additional quotes can be found in the Chronology entry for this letter. The original is i...
31 July 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Austin Olney
#1483
 Carpenter #274a



Tolkien writes to Austin Olney, at Houghton Mifflin, with corrections and additions to The Two Towers.
3 August 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to The Librarian at Marquette
#699


Tolkien writes to the Librarian at Marquette asking for copies of manuscript materials needed for revising The Lord of the Rings. The original letter wi...
4 August 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden
#649
 Carpenter #275



Auden had invited Tolkien to contribute to a festschrift marking the retirement of Nevill Coghill. He also asked if Tolkien knew that a ‘New York Tolk...
24 August 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1484
 Carpenter #275a



Tolkien apologizes once again for being late in getting work to Rayner, this time revisions on the 3rd edition of The Hobbit. He says that many revision...
26 August 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Paula Coston (née Iley)
#700


Tolkien wrote to a young family friend, containing a long discussion about composing verse. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were about to be publis...
12 September 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#650
 Carpenter #276



Tolkien writes about The Silmarillion, the Númenórean legends, and his friendship with C.S. Lewis. He discusses the formation of the Tolkien Society o...
12 September 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#651
 Carpenter #277



In August 1965 Ballantine Books produced the first ‘authorized’ American paperback of The Hobbit, without incorporating Tolkien’s revisions to the...
14 September 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#966


Tolkien writes thanking Donald Swann for the tickets. he notes that Priscilla cannot attend but he has asked Dr. Robert Havard (the Inklings) along in h...
16 September 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#701


Tolkien writes to his grandson Michael George, clarifying that he is interest in all apsects of Michaels work and tastes. He says that he may have helpe...
19 September 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#1485
 Carpenter #277a



Tolkien, Edith and R.E. Havard, attend a performance of At the Drop of Another Hat on the 18th September 1965. Tolkien loved the show.
29 September 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#702


Lanier sent Tolkien a copy of Dune by Frank Herbert for which Tolkien ended up owing a bill for the postage. Tolkien was unhappy that he was also charge...
20 October 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wheeler
#703


Tolkien writes about the Ballantine editions of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien says that Ballantine will soon release a revised paperback edition, and t...
20 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#652
 Carpenter #278



In the portion of this letter published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien he writes to Kilby about book, Light on C.S. Lewis. From a personal visit to th...
25 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#947


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
26 October 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#1026


A one-page response to a couple of questions that Plotz had asked. Tolkien translates the poem A Elbereth Gilthoniel, tells how to pronounce Meriadoc, t...
27 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared C. Lobdell
#1094


No details of this letter are known. It is held with a complete transcript at the Marquette archives.
28 October 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to P.M. Cowan
#704


Tolkien replies to a young reader who had asked him about the index for The Lord of the Rings saying that the index is not yet published, but is being w...
28 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#929


Tokien sends his thanks to Gibb for sending a copy of the book Light on C.S. Lewis and notes that it says more about the contributors than of Lewis hims...
30 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to J.L.N. O'Loughlin
#709


Tolkien writes saying that while he has read OLoughlins article, he does not have the time to say more on it. A description of the letter was included i...
30 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#653
 Carpenter #279



Tolkien discusses money worries. Other parts of the letter are detailed in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology.
8 November 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1010
 Carpenter #280



Tolkien is working on drafts of Sir Gawain and Pearl and finding interesting words and passages that he hopes to write up for academic journals. An expa...
30 November 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Wakeman
#964


Tolkien writes to Wakeman declining an invitation to submit an entry for his new collection, Midcentury Authors. This letter is held at the Wade.
1 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to David Charles Rose
#942


This letter remains unpublished. It is held at the Wade.
3 December 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Lancashire
#705


A 1965 Stock Letter and an apology from Tolkien for not having time for a longer answer.
6 December 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to G.S. Rigby Jr
#711


Tolkien writes to Rigby acknowledging the theological aspects of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien says that there is a lot of theology in the work. A desc...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christine Jones
#712


Tolkien writing thanking Christine Jones for her interest and says that although he found her comments on the ending interesting: If I answered all the ...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Dixon
#713


Tolkien writes expressing his gratitude for the article that Dixon sent him from the Saturday Review detailing the ACE Books edition of The Lord of the ...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Jaworski
#714


This letter is briefly described in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology where Hammond/Scull say that he is not interested in drama and do...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to William McCullam
#715


Tolkien writes a letter thanking William McCullam who had included a royalty for The Lord of the Rings. It is assumed McCullam had purchased a copy of t...
15 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#654
 Carpenter #281



Tolkien writes about a new UK paperback edition of The Hobbit. He comments on replacing the note explaining Bilbos changed story and the two Thrains wit...
18 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#655
 Carpenter #282



Professor Kilby, of Wheaton College, Illinois, had met Tolkien while visiting Oxford in 1964. He now offered to return to England and help Tolkien in an...
29 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1486
 Carpenter #282a



Tolkien shoots down any idea of a Tolkien Award by Ace Books, and suspects that this is just a way for them to make themselves feel better about denying...

1966

1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Calleja
#717


Tolkien writes to explain that the second edition of The Hobbit is different to the original. Charles Calleja gave some insights about the letter and hi...
1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Henry Gris
#783


Tolkien writes thanking Gris for the enclosed proposal. Gris worked for the company UPI who were, and are a press agency. It is assumed they had wanted ...
7 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Shaw
#718


Tolkien writes making mention of the suggestion that The Lord of the Rings landscape is based on Iceland. Tolkien says that he has never been there, tho...
7 January 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Benjamin P. Indick
#656
 Carpenter #283



An example of a stock reply to readers.
10 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Timothy J. Wheeler
#719


Tolkien writes to Timothy Wheeler thanking him for his good wishes. This letter, and others to Wheeler were presented at
10 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#721


Tolkien thanks Lanier for his letter and other material (a science fiction newsletter) that has reached him by Christmas. Tolkien says he has sent the n...
12 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to David Hicks
#722


Tolkien thanks David Hicks for his birthday greetings and says he is writing more about the world of The Lord of the Rings, when he has the time. He ret...
12 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#1027
 Carpenter #283a



A brief one-page response to a birthday card that Plotz had sent to Tolkien. Tolkien corrects a Quenya phrase from that card.
20 January 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald A. Wollheim
#1488
 Carpenter #283b



Tolkien thinks it doesn’t make sense for Ace Books to spend the revenue from The Lord of the Rings sales on an award named after Tolkien, rather than ...
10 February 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald A. Wollheim
#720


Tolkien writes and expresses his regret at his delayed reply. he had like many at that time been ill with influenza. He encloses two copies of the signe...
14 February 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#723


Tolkien thanks Lanier for sending a copy of S.F.W.A. January Bulletin, saying the campaign has worked and Ace has offered acceptable terms. Tolkien cong...
23 February 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#967


Writing to Donald Swann Tolkien mentions a BBC2 broadcast that he will sadly miss. Tolkien mentions he has succeeded in his battle with Ace noting that ...
23 February 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden
#657
 Carpenter #284



Auden told Tolkien that he had agreed to write a short book about him, in collaboration with Peter H. Salus, for a seres entitled Christian Perspectives...
Spring 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rod Jellema
#743


Tolkien writes saying that any article (written by W.H. Auden) should be accurate, rather than respectful. This letter was quoted in W.H. Auden: A Legac...
9 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst
#724


Tolkien writes about the publication of a proposed book about him by W.H. Auden. This letter comes shortly after Tolkien had written to W.H. Auden and h...
11 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#184


Tolkien writes to his friend George Sayer regarding his preferred version of The Lord of the Rings should Tolkien have one sent to him.
11 March 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#948
 Carpenter #284a



Tolkien informs Scott that Ace Books have been in touch and offered an agreement. He notes that Ace have agreed to not reprint the book once current cop...
12 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to John Bush
#785


Tolkien thanks Mr. Bush for sending a copy of Dune. He had already received one the previous year and did not like it. He says that it best not to comme...
17 March 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#968


Tolkien writes to Donald Swann, signed Ronald. He discusses preparations for Swann’s recital, bringing in a piano, notices etc.
21 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#185


Tolkien sends a letter to his friend George Sayer firstly expressing his sorrow about Sayers wife Moira. She has been very ill of late. He had hoped tha...
21 March 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#969


Tolkien writes to Swann, mentioning details about recital, press photographs, dinner afterwards, etc. Tolkien has laryngitis.
28 March 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#970


Tolkien writes to Donald Swann who had visited the Tolkiens. He and Edith were unwell at the time. This letter is held at the Wade.
8 April 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst
#744


Tolkien replies to Roger Verhulsts letter about the US paperback rights to Essays Presented to Charles Williams, and he reiterates his objections to a p...
8 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden
#658
 Carpenter #285



Tolkien writes about his reaction to Audens comments on his house.
12 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mother Mary Anthony
#747


Writing to Mother Anthony, Tolkien says that the young man Williams at Oxford working at the University Press was almost certainly Charles Williams. He ...
19 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#949


Tolkien suggests some days when the Scotts might visit him, as they are currently in London.
25 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#774


Tolkien writes concerning the designs for a new dust jacket for The Lord of the Rings and on plans for The Tolkien Reader. Tolkien would like to see the...
27 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to A. E. Couchman
#659
 Carpenter #286



The following is one of many short replies that Tolkien wrote at this period of his life to readers who asked questions about his books. Its characteris...
3 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst (of the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)
#745


This brief letter dated 3 May 1966, to Roger Verhulst acknowledges receipt of the Charles Williams volume, Essays Presented to Charles Williams.
6 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Snapp
#764


Tolkien is pleased that Yale undergraduates like his work.
9 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#950


Tolkien had to leave Oxford for the day and is unable to meet with the Scotts. It is held at the Wade.
10 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#765


Tolkien thanks Miss Chandler for her photos and in particular the photos taken in their garden.
10 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#660
 Carpenter #287



Tolkien’s telephone number was still in the Oxford directory, and he was sometimes bothered by calls from ‘fans’. A harsh critique of a particular...
10 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Norman Davis
#661
 Carpenter #288



The English Faculty of Oxford University wished to acquire a bust of Tolkien by his daughter-in-law Faith. The bust was duly presented to them, and now ...
11 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Walker
#17


Tolkien replies to a letter from July 1965 where he had been sent a music tape. He is unable to listen to the tape as he does not have a recorder and is...
13 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#786


Tolkien thanks Joy Hill for sending various packets including fan mail. He would like to attend a Donald Swann concert and asks for seats. He says, rega...
13 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Philip Horowitz
#787


Tolkien thanks Philip Horowitz for his letter. Tolkien was due to leave the following day for some time and regrets that he had no time to answer questi...
30 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nancy Smith
#788


Tolkien says that he had never met Ford Madox Ford and had not until very recently read anything from him. He says that he is too engaged with his own a...
30 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#951


Tolkien thanks Nan Scott for sending a photograph of them from her visit. It is held at the Wade.
6th June, 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Wordsworth
#1040


A brief note declining to appear in London in response to Armstrongs most delightful and generous invitation.
ca. July 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#818


Tolkien thanks Kilby for his visit and apologizes for being busy. On a seperate page, Tolkien includes a three paragraph fragment from the review of an ...
18 July 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#952


Tolkien invites her to visit next time she is in Oxford, and he will sign books for her. It is held at the Wade.
18 July 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Webster
#963


Mrs. Webster was a teacher and she and her pupils put on a performance of some scenes from The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien can not attend, but Clyde S. K...
29 July 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Max Rouslin
#767


Tolkien offers advice on finding first editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
29 July 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#662
 Carpenter #289



Tolkien discusses the etymology of Mirkwood. Brief quotes from this letter included in Chronology show that he also talked about the typewriters he uses...
1 August 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#819


Tolkien writes says that his son will be out for lunch on Thursday and wonders if he would like to join them.
Not dated; August 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1532
 Carpenter #289a



Tolkien writes to Rayner Unwin about an interview with Philip Norman that appeared in The Sunday Times on 15 January 1967, The Hobbit Man. He wishes tha...
15 August 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Lena de Grummond
#1916


Tolkien responds to Mrs. de Grummonds request for manuscript material. He declines. A brief quote from this letter is reproduced in Chronology. The lett...
26 August 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Webster
#962


Tolkien replies with thanks for the pictures sent of the performance. He will show them to Kilby who attended the performance. The letter is held at the...
29 August 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#971


Tolkien discusses alterations to songs, specifically so that there is less of a clash with Michael Flanders Sloth. This letter is held at the Wade.
12 September 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rose MacNamara
#768


Tolkien sends his congratulations to Rose, who has become a nun. He mentions that his son Father John has said a Mass for Roses father.
October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann and Flanders
#972


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Tolkien on Tolkien (Diplomat article, 1966)
#1012


Tolkien on Tolkien is the title of an article published in Diplomat (October 1966) without Tolkiens permission. It was edited by an unknown editor from ...
Late 1966 - early 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#784
 Carpenter #293a



This letter, known as the Plotz Letter, or Plotz Declension was a letter written by Tolkien that contained manuscript notes regarding Quenya grammar. Th...
11 October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#792
 Carpenter #289b



Mr. and Mrs. Tolkiens Mediterranean cruise. Work on books and manuscripts. Excerpts from the letter have been published in SEVEN, Volume 27 (p. 49). Ano...
12 October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Rasmussen
#769


Secretarial letter to Mr Rasmussen. Tolkien mentions in a handwritten note that if the recipient is a modern steel bow you be should developing a good t...
14 October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#1014
 Carpenter #289c



Donald Swann had written to Tolkien expressing interest in his poem Errantry. Tolkien replied that was interested in his suggestion but wondered if it m...
17 October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Class II G (of Acocks Green, Primary School)
#770


Tolkien writes about living near the school in his youth. He tells the class that a cheap paperback is available in the US but not currently in the UK. ...
17 October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Lena de Grummond
#1917


Tolkien apologizes for failing to sign his previous letter, and says he might have a moment to find something he could spare to donate to her project, a...
18 October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to [Father] Alex Jones
#1491
 Carpenter #289d



Writing to Father Jones, Tolkien thanks him for including his name in the list of contributors of the New Jerusalem Bible, even though Tolkien feels lik...
28 October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#663
 Carpenter #290



Tolkiens grandson is studying at Oxford. Tolkien writes about his views on research and reading Smith of Wootton Major the previous week instead of givi...
7 November 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Gene Wolfe
#485
 Carpenter #290a



Tolkien writes to Gene Wolf about the origin of Orc and Warg
18 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#973


Tolkien invites the Swanns on the 20th December. The might be able to borrow the piano at a neighbors house. He writes about melody. It is held at the W...
22 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter Hooper
#664
 Carpenter #291



Hooper had sent Tolkien a new volume of Lewis’s writings, which he had edited.
24 November 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor [Harry C.] Bauer
#771


Professor Bauer had written asking Tolkien about Sinclair Lewiss Babbitt. Tolkien wonders if the name had some influence on the invention of hobbit. The...
28 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#900


Tolkien writes to Clyde S. Kilby making mention that he is pleased that Kilby has finally received the correct medication and says that he is yet to con...
28 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#953


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
30 November 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#772


Tolkien is concerned about photos that were ordered from Pamela.
8 December 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Marsh
#472


Tolkien writes to James S. Marsh and sends him three copies of his autograph to stick in his books.
12 December 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#665
 Carpenter #292



Tolkien had been sent details of a proposed ‘sequel’ to The Lord of the Rings that a ‘fan’ was going to write himself.
14 December 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Father [Hugh] Maycock
#791


Tolkien sends an inscribed copy of the Japanese Hobbit, it reads With best wishes to Fr Hugh Maycock and Pusey House | Dec. 14. 1966 Tolkien inserted a ...
15 December 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#954


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
29 December 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to James S. Marsh
#473


Tolkien writes to Mr Marsh about his collaboration with Donald Swann for the book The Road goes ever on and on.
29 December 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Foster
#666
 Carpenter #293



Tolkien was asked to be interviewed for The Scotsman.

1967

1967-68
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#1095


This letter, as #TCGLetter784 is publishing in part in Vinyar Tengwar 6. More to follow on the contents. It is held at the Marquette archives in the for...
2 January 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Peyton Moss
#739


Tolkien sends some signatures to Mr Moss. This letter was orginally affixed by tape to the front of a 2nd edition LOTR, but was then removed from the bo...
2 January 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Otto B. Lindhardt
#795


Tolkien states that his efforts to help translators, or in reading their efforts, has made it clear that the nomenclature of people and places is diffic...
2 January 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#933


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
5 January 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#740


Joy has sent Tolkien a copy of The Childrens Treasury of Literature, which includes a chapter from The Hobbit.
5 January 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#901


Tolkien writes thanking Kilby for an article on Barzun and for sending a turkey.
11 January 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to R. B. McCallum
#1494
 Carpenter #293b



Tolkien writes to R.B. McCallum, Master of Pembroke College, who asks that Tolkien remember the college in his will. Tolkien says he doesnt remember mak...
1 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#934


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
2 February 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Albert Wieland
#741


Tolkien sends his signature to Mr Wieland.
2 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#1023


Writing to Willaim Ready, Tolkien states that he does not like being written about and will not provide information on his family and origins. He asks R...
6 February 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#742


Tolkien apologizes to Pamela Chandler, but he will no longer allow photographs to be taken in his house.
8 February 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Colin Manlove
#748


Tolkien writes about his essay On Fairy Stories and says that The Lord of the Rings was meant as a large-scale adult fairy story. Quoted in C. N. Manlov...
8 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to David L. Sands
#796


Tolkien writes to express his approval for the proposed Spanish translation of his works, referring the recipient to contact Allen & Unwin. A photocopy ...
8 February 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Charlotte and Denis Plimmer
#667
 Carpenter #294



The Plimmers had recently interviewed Tolkien for the Daily Telegraph Magazine, and had now sent him a draft of their article, the finished version of w...
16 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charlotte and Denis Plimmer
#1043


Tolkien requests that the Plimmers remove from their interview a quote from Tolkien comparing lembas to the Catholic Eucharist.
20 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#902


Tolkien writes to thank Kilby for sending a copy of Science is a Sacred Cow written by Anthony Standen.
1 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hans-Jörg Modlmayr
#797


Tolkien writes to explain that he has passed a letter to the Foreign Rights Department of Allen & Unwin who deal with translations of his work. He would...
5 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1495
 Carpenter #294a



Writing to son Michael, Tolkien remarks on the current state of the Church and says that these need to be resolved in private, not with public comments....
14 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#799


Writing to Rayner Unwin, Tolkien makes clear that he does not want to take part in another interview. He is unhappy with the list of proposed questions ...
16 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hans-Jörg Modlmayr
#798


Tolkien says he has not been informed as to the status of a German translation of The Lord of the Rings. He notes that a proposed translator was turned ...
20 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#974
 Carpenter #294b



Tolkien writes to Donald Swann including more material for his project. He thanks Swann for not cursing him. He has had long delays and while trying to ...
21 March 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Humphrey Carpenter
#749


Tolkien writes to Humphrey to give permission for a play based on The Hobbit.
21 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#975


Tolkien sends background material for The Road Goes Ever On. He includes Galadriels Lament and Chant written out in a fair Elvish book-hand, rubricated ...
22 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#976


Tolkien writes to Donald Swann offering transcripts of the Lament and Chant in Elvish script. This letter is held at the Wade.
29 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss M. Felver
#898


Tolkien replies with graitutude for Felvers letter to him. He appreciates fans buying his books, eventually putting some small amount of money in his po...
29 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden
#668
 Carpenter #295



Tolkien writes to W.H. Auden and remarks that he was delighted to receive his letter, noting that it did much to restore my spirits. He was pleased that...
12 April 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#977
 Carpenter #295a



Writing to Donald Swann on the matter of their book, The Road Goes Ever On, Tolkien provides much on the contents of the book, noting that the commentar...
17 April 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to J.D. Gilbert
#750


Tolkien recommends that Mr Gilbert reads The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth
28 April 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Leyerle
#800


Tolkien replies to a letter from Leyerle which had been hand delivered to him by William Ready. Tolkien has ceased work on his translation of The Owl an...
9 May 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr [Oscar] Morland
#753


Tolkien writes to British ambassador Oscar Morland thanking him for his typed indexes, and that he will find them very useful when he has time to work o...
12 May 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to David Best
#996


This letter was featured on the BBCs Repair Shop broadcast on 25th January 2023 (see reference). In this letter Tolkien replies that he has received Dav...
14 June 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Sister M. Anne
#1163


Replying to a letter from Sister Anne from St. Louis, Tolkien says he has no intention to write a sequel to The Lord of the Rings.
16 June 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Hooton
#755


Tolkien writes to Mr Hooton about progress on The Silmarillion, which has been delayed due to the complications presented in the United States from the ...
19 June 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#978


Tolkien thanks Swann for the book cover and compares the t rendered there to various occurrences from genuine manuscripts. It is held at the Wade.
21 June 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#935


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
12-13 July 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#979
 Carpenter #295b



Tolkien does not like the calligraphy being made by Samuel Hanks Bryant as filler for blank pages in The Road Goes Ever On. Tolkien objects to Swann usi...
21 July 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#669
 Carpenter #296



Tolkien thanks Rayner for his friendship.
?Late Summer 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. kilby
#1534


In his letter of late November, Tolkien says that he had begun a letter some time ago, but this had never been finished and remained unsent. Tolkien inc...
August 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Rang
#670
 Carpenter #297



At the top, Tolkien has written: ‘Some reflections in preparing an answer to a letter from one Mr Rang about investigations into my nomenclature. In t...
4 August 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#936


No details of this letter are known but Huttar had visited Tolkien on this day (see reference below). The letter is held at the Wade.
9 August 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#937


No details are known about this letter. It is held at the Wade.
9th August, 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#2005


A short note from Tolkien to his secretary on a few outstanding items. Miss Jenkinson (who will be sending stock replies to letters that Tolkien does no...
28 August 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. S.E.O. Joukes
#801


Mr. Joukes had written to Tolkien suggesting that he would like to name his daughter Ioreth, to which replies that it means old woman and includes some ...
September 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to David Best
#997


A partial view of this letter was featured on the BBCs Repair Shop broadcast on 25th January 2023 (see reference). In the letter, Tolkien remarks on run...
11 September 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William Luther White
#671
 Carpenter #298



White had written to Tolkien asking for information regarding the Inklings. Tolkien replies with some brief information from memory. He says that the na...
18 September 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elsie Honeybourne
#756


Tolkien writes about the origins of the writers name Honeybourne.
8 November 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#456


Tolkien apologises that his illness has made him look like Gollum and has interfered with work.
24 November 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss [Karen C.] Walker
#758


Tolkien writes about the writers grandfather, Paul Barbier. The address is incorrect on this letter, it should be Grosmont Haggs not Grosmont Maggs.
24 November 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Terry Pratchett
#1021


Terry Pratchett had written to Tolkien having just read Smith of Wootton Major (see #TCGLetter986), in Tolkiens reply he says that the two of them feel ...
ca. 3 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#903
 Carpenter #298a



In the Revised edition of Letters, there is brief extract where Tolkien talks about his serious health issues and complains about Joy Hill saying it was...
4 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst
#746


Tolkien writes to Verhulst appreciatively about C.S. Lewiss Letters to an American Lady, a copy of which Verhulst had sent him.
7 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hans Jörg Modlmayr
#759


Tolkien apologizes for a secretarial letter, and says he cannot help with the matter of books for children, as he doesnt really like childrens books and...
12 December 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Lancelyn Green
#672
 Carpenter #299



Tolkien thanks Green for his review of Smith of Wootton Major.
14 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosfrith Murray
#760


Tolkien sends Rosfrith a copy of the US version of his small tale. He does not state the title, but it is very likely to be Smith of Wootton Major.
21 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elsie Honeybourne
#761


Tolkien sends Honeybourne a copy of Smith of Wootton Major and makes mention of Elsies name, Honeybourne. He mentions her choice of passages and agrees ...
30 December 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith Tolkien to Donald Swann
#980


Tolkien apologizes for his delay in replying, due to poor health, and he asks Swann and his wife to visit in January. Tolkien says that doing nothing an...

1968

4 January 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to K. Jackson
#732


Tolkien offers to send some stick-in autographs to Mr Jackson, technical director of Humphrey Carpenters musical adaptation of The Hobbit at the end of ...
7 January 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#904


Tolkien writes to Kilby with thanks for the turkey and mentions that he recently visited Ready. He is not happy that Ready is writing a book on him, as ...
16 January 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wettach
#1179


A stock reply to Mr. Wettach thanking him for his letter.
29 January 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to K. Jackson
#733


Tolkien writes about the origin of Bag-End, which was the local name of a house an aunt of his lived in in Worcestershire.
29 January 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#955


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
29 January 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to W. H. Auden
#1925


Writing to W. H. Auden, Tolkien says that he believes he has lying about a poem called Volsungakvida en nyja.
12 February 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#981


Tolkien hopes to see Swann on the 14th, but cannot attend a performance of The Road Goes Ever On on the 15th. This letter is held at the Wade.
20 February 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Leslie Megahey
#1717


Tolkien replies to Leslie Megaheys letter which has some better examples in ornamental Elvish script.
20 February 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter Hooper
#673
 Carpenter #300



With reference to C. S. Lewis’s verse ‘We were talking of dragons, Tolkien and I / In a Berkshire bar. . . .’ This short poem, first printed in...
29 February 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#674
 Carpenter #301



The BBC made a documentary programme, Tolkien in Oxford, which was filmed in early February and televised on 30 March 1968. Swann, whose musical setting...
1 March 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Evelyn B. Byrne
#794


Tolkien was asked to write about his teenage memories and, along with 69 other contributors, this was published in the book Attacks of Taste, compiled a...
6 March 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr. Fraser Roberts
#735


Tolkien thanks Dr. Fraser Roberts for his letter.
6 March 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Beck
#802


Tolkien writes about the Ballantine posters, which he does not like.
8 April 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#803


Tolkien wrote to the President of the Tolkien Society (of America - Dick Plotz) to express his displeasure at the forthcoming publication The Tolkien Re...
April 10, 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Colin Smythe
#359


On April 5, Colin Smythe wrote to Tolkien asking if Smythe could publish a poem of his. In this response, Tolkien does not think there will be any diffi...
15 April 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#905


Tolkien writes to Kilby and mentions the book A Mind Awake: An Anothology of C. S. Lewis. He says that it reminded him of good things spread throughout ...
2 May 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Time-Life International
#675
 Carpenter #302



Tolkien is not happy to be asked to be photographed pretending to be at work.
6 May 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nicholas Thomas
#676
 Carpenter #303



Tolkien writes about Sarehole Mill.
23 May 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Theodore Meyer
#1265


Tolkien autographs a copy of The Hobbit for Professor Meyers son.
24 May 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Burke Johnston
#804


Tolkien replies to a letter from Johnston. He had sent Tolkien a copy of his booklet The Poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien thanks him and says that when...
24 May 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#689


Mary Fairburn has sent some of her illustrations for The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien really likes them and thinks they could be in an illustrated version...
Mid 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to unknown
#731


Tolkien wrote a game called Word-extraction and wrote out the rules. Tolkien mentions a note but that note is missing.
June 4, 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Colin Smythe
#361


On April 11, Colin Smythe wrote back to Tolkien, saying he will look for Winters Tales For Children but hopes Tolkien could provide a new poem, and also...
4 June 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#677
 Carpenter #304



Tolkien writes about his move to the South Coast of England. In a portion that remains unpublished, Tolkien also spends some time complaining about Will...
14 June 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Rusk
#1999


Tolkien writing to a Mr. Rusk gives him some details on his relationship with R. G. Collingwood, noting that they did not know each other very well. Tol...
26 June 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#678
 Carpenter #305



On 17 June, while preparing to move house, Tolkien fell downstairs and injured his leg. This letter was written from hospital in Oxford.
August 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ingrid Pridgeon
#736


Tolkien writes to Ingrid who lives at Spire Hollin. he gives her news of his health, he is recovering after breaking his leg in a fall down his stairs. ...
2 August 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Havard
#805


Tolkien complains about how the movers took advantage of Ediths health and did a bad job, for example putting furniture in the wrong rooms. Tolkien hims...
3 August 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1024


Tolkien writes to Joy Hill during an enforced break in Bournmouth where he is resting with a broken leg.
7 August 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Ogden
#806


Tolkien writes asking how long he will have to remain in hospital as he has to return home for the 8th September. He says that there is no room availabl...
9 August 1968?
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Havard
#931


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
August 12, 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#2000


Tolkien writes to his secretary Joy Hill, addressing her as Joy for the first time here, previously using Miss Hill. He is injured and staying at the Ho...
30 August 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan Klass
#1500
 Carpenter #305a



Tolkien says that between his recent injury and recover, Ediths health problems, and recently moving house, all his papers and other belongs are unorgan...
4 September 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#690


A letter to Mary Fairburn about her illustrations for The Lord of the Rings - he has not yet shown her drawings to Rayner Unwin. He doesnt think an illu...
25 September 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Maple & Co, Bournemouth
#737


Maple & Co were a furniture store in Bournemouth, Tolkien appears to have bought furniture from them but has not cleared out his library to allow the fu...
27 September 1968 (postmark)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Tony Hall
#213


Autograph letter signed, to Tony Hall explaining that he no longer lives in Oxford , describing an accident and subsequent treatment for injuries that h...
29 September 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Billy Callahan
#807


Tolkien replies to Billy Callahan apologizing for not sending a photograph. he encloses some signatures to be attached to his books. Reproduced in Wiste...
10 October 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#691


Tolkien is distressed at Mary Fairburns situation and offers to financially help her. Mary Fairburn had sent Tolkien some illustrations to view, which h...
11 October 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#679
 Carpenter #306



Tolkien writes to Michael about his trip to Switzerland and writes about his own trip in 1911. He also talks about trends in the Catholic Church and how...
15 October 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared C. Lobdell
#1096


No details of this letter are currently known. It is held at the Marquette archives along with a complete transcript.
16 October 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Niall Hoskin
#738


Tolkien writes about his languages and talks about Westron or the Common Speech.
4 November 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#692


Partial letter to Mary Fairburn declining acquiring all of her pictures as he does not have wall space to hang them, but he is interested in her Mirror ...
8 November 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Brown
#808


Tolkien explains that he is too busy writing the Silmarillion to answer questions.
14 November 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#680
 Carpenter #307



Amy sent Tolkien some Port and Sherry.
16 November 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to [Jonathan] Wordsworth
#1084


Tolkien writes about the loss of privacy and time due to his popularity, forcing him to leave Oxford, and precluding any need for a secretary.
19 November 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Ogden
#1039


Tolkien discusses a recent leg injury and the kindness he received while in the hospital.
December 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Parke
#730


Tolkien wishes Mrs Parke a Happy Christmas.
29 December 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1501
 Carpenter #307a



Writing to son Michael, Tolkien says he hopes he is doing better and has recovered from overwork. He says that he and Edith spent Christmas with daughte...

1969

1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Maria Mroczkowska
#812


Tolkien discusses the literary genres that he uses and his Atlantis complex.
2 January 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#681
 Carpenter #308



Tolkien wishes Christopher a happy 1969.
2 January 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#682
 Carpenter #309



Tolkien replies to a letter from Amy Ronald. He explains his names and the different ways that family and friends address him.
3 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Niall, David and Catherine McCall
#725


Tolkien sends some autographs for the McCall children to put in their books.
3 January 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Bridget MacKenzie
#1130


Tolkien writes to the eldest daughter of Ida and E. V. Gordon. He has sent an autograph to friends of Bridget as requested, and mentions that he has mov...
6 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Paula Coston (née Iley)
#726


Paula Coston had a long letter writing correspondence with Tolkien, only one sheet of her letters has been published.
11 January 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Philip Neal
#1502
 Carpenter #309a



Writing to a fan, who published a review of The Hobbit, Tolkien responds by saying that he enjoyed the review, and is sending him a little book but not ...
14 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Bell
#1172


Tolkien replies 13 years after Michael Bell had written to him. Bell had enclosed a book, An Idea to Win the World by Peter Harold. Tolkien explains tha...
25 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Bell
#1174


Tolkien was delighted that his letter arrived safely and so quickly, see #TCGLetter1172. This reply followed one from Joy Hill (#TCGLetter1175) where sh...
18 February 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Boyd Hooper
#1082


Tolkien has received a tie from Boyd Hooper, the brother of Walter Hooper, and apologizes for taking so long to reply to say thank you. It was lost in t...
15 March 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#458


Tolkien offers profuse thanks for her gift of five bottles. He says that his health and his wife Ediths are not good. They are looking forward to Spring...
20 March 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#459


Tolkien settles some confusion regarding an order of Courvoisier and gives some family news. He asks for her opinion of Le Hobbit. He doesnt like the in...
April 10 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Mroczkowska
#809


Tolkien replies to Janina Mroczkowski, the wife of Tolkiens friend and professor, Przemyslaw Mroczkowski. He apologises for his lack of replying to Prze...
20 May 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Camilla Unwin
#683
 Carpenter #310



Rayner Unwin’s daughter Camilla was told, as part of a school ‘project’, to write and ask: ‘What is the purpose of life?’
28 May 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Anthony D. Howlett
#728


In this partial letter Tolkien discusses the Elvish spelling of Rivendell. Only the first page is available.
June 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Unknown
#810


Tolkien writes to an unknown recipient, offering opinions on an adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He thinks nothing could satisfy an attentive reader...
30 June 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Paul Bibire
#811


Tolkien writes about Cynewulf and Glanduin.
31 July 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#684
 Carpenter #311



Tolkien and Edith are not well and feeling cut-off.
1 August 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Burrows
#729


Tolkien signs the dust-jacket of The Hobbit for Mr Burrows. Sold for £1300 at Bloomsbury Auctions Sale 614, 24th May 2007. Auction listing included a f...
Aug. 4 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Messrs. Goadsby and Harding
#1041


The letter is to Tolkiens insurance company, enclosing a cheque for policy renewal and inquiring if he has adequate cover particularly for the large gla...
14 August 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to [Rayner?] Unwin
#1032


Tolkien writes to Unwin (first name not noted) about his health. This letter was sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet in the Catalogue of Modern Literary Manusc...
28 August 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#918


Tolkien writes with remarks about Pauline Baynes Middle-earth poster, mentioning that he thinks the only error on the printed map is Enedwaith for Enedh...
1 October 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#919


Tolkien writing to Pauline Baynes returns a photocopy of the Middle-earth map, with comments. The spelling Enedwaith is correct. He also apologizes for ...
Early November 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#460


Tolkien declines an invitation to a program on November 30th titled An Afternoon in Middle-earth, but mentions some of his connections to the West Midla...
November 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Leslie Holloway