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1937

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...
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...
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...
12 February 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1369
 Carpenter #11a



Tolkien replies to Michael's letter. It appears that Michael has opted to change his work, but Tolkien would like to talk with Welch & Bostock first bef...
?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...
13 April 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin Ltd.
#12
 Carpenter #12



Concerning Tolkien's corrections to the text of The Hobbit, the cost of those corrections, and who would incur that cost, as well as details of his subm...
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...
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 Tolkien's thoughts on the potential publication of The Hobbit in the USA. Tolkien can make illustratio...
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 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 ...
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...
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 doesn't expect them. He, Edith, and Priscilla ...
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 f...
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." ...
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 ...
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 reader...
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 i...

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 editi...
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 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 Unwin's son Rayner for his positive feedback on the first chapter of the new book, "A Long-Expected ...
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. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet and gives him an update on progress with the sequel to The Hobbit. He also m...
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...
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. Rayner's review of th...
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 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...
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 ...

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 h...
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

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 meet...
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 Christopher's letter, he had been waiting to write, needing his new address. He mentions the weather, and fruits which are growi...
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...
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 Joad's visit to Russia. The dinner is described ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 Christopher's experiences, ...
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. George's ...
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 Christopher's letters and acknowledges the challenges and frustrations of life in the military camp during the war. He empathizes wi...
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 ...
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...
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 tryi...
10 June 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#144
 Carpenter #73



Tolkien acknowledges receiving Christopher's air letter and briefly mentions the weather. He provide updates on recent activities, including efforts in ...
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 an...
28 July 1944
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#165
 Carpenter #76



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



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



Tolkien responds to Christopher's letters, encouraging openness about details of his life. He offers support for navigating challenges and express the n...
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 Jo'burg's aspirations. He expresses co...
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 isn't as good as he rememb...
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 Christopher's departure to Standerton. He discusses the progress of the chapters and promises to s...
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 ne...
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 ne...
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 Christopher's mentioning of his guardian angel where a particular beam of light had illuminated a dust mote and sparked a deep moment of e...
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 ...
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 remaini...
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
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 Stenton's Anglo-Saxon England, and wishes he had a time-machine. Tolkien tells Christopher that this is the history "o...
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...
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 Tolkien's letter to t...
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". ...
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 Carpenter's Lette...
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 ...
3 June 1945
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#247
 Carpenter #101



The Civil Defense was staging a stand-down parade Tolkien felt was mockery, because "Wars are always lost".
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 t...
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
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.

1947

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...
31 July 1947
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#255
 Carpenter #109



Tolkien responded to Rayner Unwin's comments about The Fellowship of the Ring. He talks about allegory as well as other literary illusions. Tolkien ment...
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...
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 College's estates in Cambridge, Leicestershire, and Lincolnshire between 22 and 25 Se...
30 November 1947
🖼
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 ...

1950

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 ...
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 Tolkien's "monstrous Saga", and Tolkien hopes Unwin will let the project go so Tolkien can publish The Lord of the Rings and The...
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.
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
🖼
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 Geor...
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
🖼
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 recipient'...
12 November 1952
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1419
 Carpenter #135a



Tolkien replies to Rayner's letter and mentions his pleasure at the news of Allen & Unwin's decision to publish The Lord of the Rings.

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...
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...
24 March 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#352
 Carpenter #136



Tolkien writes to Rayner Unwin about the challenges he's faced leading up to the contract day for The Lord of the Rings. He is also concerned about Edit...
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...
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 Tolkien's translation of Sir Gawain but pressures meant that he...
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...
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...
17 August 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#356
 Carpenter #140



Tolkien expresses gratitude for Rayner's 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 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 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...

1954

22 January 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#371
 Carpenter #143



Tolkien writes about corrections to Book III and Book IV.
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 Shi...
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
🖼
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 won't show it to Rayner as it is not constructive to point out the artificial divisions in the vo...
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...
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...
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 Unwin's head reader. Tolkien found the close reading exraordiary. A large publisher will hav...
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...
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....
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 ...
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 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...
23 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#399
 Carpenter #152



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



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



Tolkien responds to Mrs Mitchison's about the concept of "magic" in his works, particularly in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien acknowledges that it is a ...
27-30 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Hastings
#401
 Carpenter #153



Tolkien responds to a reader's extensive analysis and questions about The Lord of the Rings. Amongst many topics, Tolkien discusses the unique fate of H...
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...
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 recipient's difficult times, and suggests the possibility of contributing fun...
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 hasn't rea...
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 cou...

1955

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 Tolkien's draft-map of the area of Gondor and Rohan.
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...
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...
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 ...
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 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.
11 August 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.N. Beard
#1449
 Carpenter #166b



Tolkien says that he cannot answer Mr. Beard's 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.
7 September 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Richard Jeffery
#481
 Carpenter #168



Tolkien responds to Mr. Jeffery's letter. Tolkien discusses the command of Elvish script and mentions the upcoming release of Volume III, which will inc...
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...
11 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hugh Brogan
#482
 Carpenter #169



Tolkien was asked about 'Numinor' in C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength and responds that it is a form of unintended borrowing. Tolkien clarifies that t...
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...
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–...
24 October 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Katharine Farrer
#521
 Carpenter #173



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



Tolkien expresses gratitude for Lord Halsbury's approval and interest in his work. He discusses the surprising success of The Lord of the Rings and foll...
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.
?December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Straight
#530
 Carpenter #181



Tolkien responds to a reviewer's questions about The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien discusses that the story is meant to be enjoyed as a fairy tale. He ment...
8 December 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Naomi Mitchison
#226
 Carpenter #176



Tolkien mentions his O'Donnell Lectures in Celtic Studies. He expresses disappointment in the radio broadcast adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. Tolk...
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 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.
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...

1956

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...
14 January 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Thompson
#529
 Carpenter #180



Tolkien expresses gratitude for a reader's encouraging letter. He writes that his work began during World War I and evolved into the invention of legend...
?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 Tolkien's 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 hu...
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 B...
19 March 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#534
 Carpenter #185



Tolkien wrote to Christopher about #TCGLetter533.
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.
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...
?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.
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 Frodo's 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 Frodo's perceived failure in the story. Tolkien defends Frodo's inability to surrender the Ring as an inevitable...
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. ...
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...
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...
15 December 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#557
 Carpenter #195



Tolkien discusses Frodo's attitude towards weapons and clarifies that Frodo was not a modern "pacifist."

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...
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 Lewis's troubles. In the 2023 revised edition of Letters, a brief introductory ...
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...
9 May 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#559
 Carpenter #197



Tolkien expresses gratitude for a letter from GA&U and contemplates the idea of retiring in July and reflects on the financial and health implications. ...
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.
24 June 1957
🖼
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 Sauron's nature and his role in the world.
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...
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 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.
17 November 1957
🖼
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...

1958

21 February 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#579
 Carpenter #205



Tolkien congratulates Christopher on a paper that he gave at St Anne's College.
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...
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.
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 indicat...
10 April 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to C. Ouboter
#582
 Carpenter #208



Tolkien describes the 'message' in The Lord of the Rings.
4 May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Murray, S.J.
#583
 Carpenter #209



Tolkien discusses philology and the original meaning of words.
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...
[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.
14 October 1958
🖼
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.
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...

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 Edith's health and says t...
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 Edith's recovery from a broken arm. He also talks about his recent health s...
17 April 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter Allen
#590
 Carpenter #215



Tolkien declines to take part in a symposium on Children's writing in draft form, but ends up sending just a short note.
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
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 ...
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.
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

9 February 1960
🖼
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 Rayner's 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 th...
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...
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.
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...
31 July 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#599
 Carpenter #223



Tolkien's publishing commitments are catching up with him. Chronology reproduced a slightly longer selection of the letter than what appears in Letters....
12 September 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#600
 Carpenter #224



Tolkien comments on the C.S. Lewis book Studies in Words.
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. Tolkien also writ...

1961

5 January 1961
🖼
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 ...
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.
8 June 1961
🖼
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.
4 October 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#606
 Carpenter #231



Tolkien writes to his Aunt Jane about publishing Tom Bombadil.
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.
15 November 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#608
 Carpenter #233



Allen & Unwin agree to publish The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.
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...
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...
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

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...
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 transl...
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 sta...
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...
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'.
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...
?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 ...
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’...

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).’
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
🖼
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...
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.
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.
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 ...

1964

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.
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 ...
5 March 1964
🖼
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’. Hammond and Scull's Chronology mentions that this letter was started on May 13, but set...
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...
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.
16 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Carey Blyton
#634
 Carpenter #260



Blyton had asked Tolkien’s permission to compose a Hobbit Overture.
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 HMCo's Tree and Leaf.
11 September 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#638
 Carpenter #264



Tolkien really does not like the design of HMCo's Tree and Leaf. He comments negatively on Carole Ward's proposal for a serialization of The Lord of the...
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.

1965

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. Andrew's 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
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).
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
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 Bilbo's changed story and the two Thrains wi...
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 denyi...

1966

7 January 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Benjamin P. Indick
#656
 Carpenter #283



An example of a stock reply to readers.
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 ...
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...
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...
8 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden
#658
 Carpenter #285



Tolkien writes about his reaction to Auden's comments on his house.
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...
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



Tolkien writes about a bust being made of him. His daughter-in-Law is the sculpter and he has decided to have it cast in bronze at his own expense. It w...
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...
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...
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. Tolkien's Mediterranean cruise. Work on books and manuscripts. Excerpts from the letter have been published in SEVEN, Volume 27 (p. 49). An...
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...
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



Tolkien's grandson is studying at Oxford. Tolkien writes about his views on 'research' and reading Smith of Wootton Major the previous week instead of g...
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"
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.
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.
29 December 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Foster
#666
 Carpenter #293



Tolkien was asked to be interviewed for The Scotsman.

1967

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 doesn't remember ma...
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...
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....
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 ...
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 th...
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...
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.
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...
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 ...
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...
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.

1968

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...
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.
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...
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.
30 August 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan Klass
#1500
 Carpenter #305a



Tolkien says that between his recent injury and recover, Edith's health problems, and recently moving house, all his papers and other belongs are unorga...
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 h...
14 November 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#680
 Carpenter #307



Amy sent Tolkien some Port and Sherry.
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...

1971

8 January 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Lancelyn Green
#414
 Carpenter #319



Tolkien writes to Roger about his thoughts on the origin of the word Hobbit.
18 January 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Lancelyn Green
#1506
 Carpenter #319a



Tolkien had written to Roger Lancelyn Green to try and find out about a story he remembers reading in Childhood. The story was "Puss-cat Mew" by E. H. K...
25 January 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Ruth Austin
#415
 Carpenter #320



Tolkien discusses Galadriel. He notes that he owes much of her character to Catholocism and Christian teachings.
4 February 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to P. Rorke, S.J.
#416
 Carpenter #321



Tolkien describes the Caverns of Helm's Deep as being influenced by Cheddar Gorge.
18 March 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Cater
#417
 Carpenter #322



Tolkien writes about progress on the Silmarillion.
about 2 June 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#418
 Carpenter #323



Tolkien describes his visit to Sidmouth.
4-5 June 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Graham Tayar
#419
 Carpenter #324



Tolkien writes about about the use of the name ‘Gamgee’ in The Lord of the Rings, and whether the name ‘Gondor’ had been suggested by Gondar in ...
10 June 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Phyllis Robertson
#290
 Carpenter #324a



Tolkien sends signed copies of his book The Adventures of Tom Bombadil to Mrs Robertson and discusses the biblical parallels to the current weather.
17 July 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Lancelyn Green
#420
 Carpenter #325



Tolkien writes about Aman and what happens to mortals, such as Frodo, when they go there. In a portion published in the C.S. Lewis Biography by Green To...
24 July 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#421
 Carpenter #326



Tolkien writes to Rayner about his becoming Chairman of GA&U. A brief quote about Edith's health is reproduced in Chronology.
25 August 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr. Robert Boyer
#298
 Carpenter #327



Tolkien replies to Dr. Boyer about W.H. Auden whom he regarded as a "great friend" and supporter. In a handwritten postscript (or separate undated lette...
Autumn 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Carole Batten-Phelps
#422
 Carpenter #328



Tolkien talks about The Lord of the Rings and confesses that he feels it no longer belongs to him.
October 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Szabó Szentmihályi
#423
 Carpenter #329



Tolkien shares his views on author's biographies.
1 November 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Cater
#424
 Carpenter #330



Tolkien thanks William Cater for his letter, He had been interviewed by William Cater for the Sunday Times. The article was published on the 2nd January...
8 November 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1508
 Carpenter #330a



Tolkien writes to Michael about how little time he has to work on The Silmarillion and about any prospects of feature films, he believes that no films w...
29 November 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Cater
#425
 Carpenter #331



Tolkien writes to William Cater about the death of his wife, "Edith Tolkien" and his utter bereavement. In the 2023 revised edition of Letters, a brief ...
December 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Patient in Broadmoor Hospital
#1509
 Carpenter #331a



Tolkien discusses Hobbits and mentions that he will be in an upcoming edition of The Sunday Times. Broadmoor Hospital is a high-security psychiatric hos...
19 December 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1510
 Carpenter #331b



Tolkien has been ill and worried about where he is going to live, he is staying with family members while he decides on a permanent location to live.

1972

24 January 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#426
 Carpenter #332



Tolkien writes to his son about the very generous accommodation offered to him by Merton College in Oxford.
16 March 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#427
 Carpenter #333



Tolkien invites Rayner and his wife to visit him in his new flat at Merton.
30 March 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#428
 Carpenter #334



Tolkien thanks Rayner for organizing his trip to London to Buckingham Palace to be awarded the C.B.E., a party at the Garrick Club in his honour and sta...
Not dated (?May 1972)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Lord Halsbury
#1511
 Carpenter #334a



Tolkien had moved to 21 Merton Street in Oxford. Lord Halsbury had offered to help him with book moving. Tolkien thanks him but declines his offer and t...
18 May 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Salmon
#429
 Carpenter #335



Tolkien explains that he does not have time to comment on his works.
23 May 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sir Patrick Browne
#430
 Carpenter #336



Tolkien writes about being a cult figure.
25 May 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Wrigley
#431
 Carpenter #337



Tolkien discusses the sources of The Lord of the Rings.
?6 June 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Fr. Douglas Carter
#432
 Carpenter #338



Tolkien discusses the question, did the Ents ever find the Entwives?
6 June 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Lord Bullock
#1512
 Carpenter #338a



On the 3rd June 1972, Tolkien is awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Vice Chancellor of Oxford University (Lord Bullock; then Sir Alan Bullock)....
30 June 1972 (published 4 July)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to The Daily Telegraph
#49
 Carpenter #339



Tolkien writes to the Daily Telegraph newspaper about an editorial which they published on the 29th June 1972. He objects to having his name used as an ...
9 July 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#1513
 Carpenter #339a



Tolkien discusses the various meals that he has been treated to.
11 July 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#433
 Carpenter #340



Tolkien writes to Christopher about Edith, her headstone, his thoughts of her as Lúthien and a visit to GA&U's headquarters.
17 September 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Marjorie Incledon
#434
 Carpenter #341



Tolkien discusses his living situation at Merton College. His fame forces him to live behind locked doors.
9 November 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Meriel Thurston
#435
 Carpenter #342



Tolkien is asked about Elvish names for bulls and herds of cattle.
21 November 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#436
 Carpenter #343



Tolkien describes his use for a drinking goblet sent to him, inscribed with the One Ring inscription. Published (in part) as letter 343 from The Letters...
23 November 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Glover
#1514
 Carpenter #343a



Tolkien declines to discuss C.S. Lewis and states that he is still trying to work on The Silmarillion.
23 November 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edmund Meskys
#437
 Carpenter #344



Tolkien talks about numerals in The Lord of the Rings. A photocopy with a complete transcript is held at the Marquette archives.
30 November 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Meriel Thurston
#438
 Carpenter #345



A continuation of #Letter342, where Tolkien continues to discuss naming animals.
13 December 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Lyle Leach
#439
 Carpenter #346



Tolkien expounds upon Gandalf's statement "He that breaks a thing to find out what it is have left the path of wisdom" when responding to someones "dest...
17 December 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Richard Jeffery
#384
 Carpenter #347



A reply to the following questions: (1) Does ‘Speak, friend, and enter’ (the inscription over Moria Gate) mean ‘Speak as a friend’, i.e. in a fr...

1973

Not dated (January 1973)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss T.R.C.
#1503
 Carpenter #347a



Tolkien details his thoughts on a recent article about him in a paper, and what he thought should have been written about. He then tells the respondent ...
24 January 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#835
 Carpenter #347b



Tolkien writes, thanking Lanier for the book The War for the Lot by Lanier himself. Tolkien says that he found it quite original, and frightening. Tolki...
6 March 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Catharine Findlay
#385
 Carpenter #348



Tolkien responds an enquiry about Galadriel.
8 March 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#839
 Carpenter #348a



Tolkien writes to Clyse S. Kilby regarding his health issues. Kilby remarks in his article 'Woodland Prisoner' from SEVEN Vol. 27 that this was the last...
8 March 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs E. R. Ehrardt
#386
 Carpenter #349



Tolkien discusses the origins of the name Tolkien.
24 March 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#1517
 Carpenter #349a



Tolkien writes about the process of writing letters, a very relevant topic to be included.
24 May 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.L. Wiseman
#383
 Carpenter #350



Tolkien writes to Christopher Wiseman and thinks of his friends in the T.C.B.S.
29 May 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien
#382
 Carpenter #351



Tolkien writes to Christopher about his trip to the Tolhursts and news of Priscilla's holiday in Crete.
5 June 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ungfrú Aðalsteinsdottir
#381
 Carpenter #352



Tolkien is pleased that The Hobbit is being translated into Icelandic.
4 August 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Lord Halsbury
#380
 Carpenter #353



Tolkien writes about his current views on Galadriel which changed frequently through out his life.
29 August 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Priscilla Tolkien
#316
 Carpenter #354



This letter to Priscilla was written four days before Tolkien's death. Tolkien had a difficult day, losing his bank card and money, and having trouble m...
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