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1913

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


Tolkien commenced this letter at midnight declaring that his love for Edith had not changed in the last three years since they were separated and that h...
January 1913 (after 3 January but no later than 7 January)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Tolkien
#1134


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


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


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


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


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


This picture postcard depicts the dining hall at Exeter College, and Tolkien has marked his place at the table with an X. He attended Holy Communion in ...
April 1913 (no earlier than 7 April and no later than 27 April)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rob Gilson
#1137


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

1914

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Writing to Edith, Tolkien mentions that Oxford is a place of gloom.
22 October 1914
J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#1334


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


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


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


Writing to his friend, after reading parts of Wisemans letter to G.B. Smith, Tolkien agrees that the group (T.C.B.S.) has drifted apart but that it is i...
29 November 1914
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Edith Bratt
#141


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


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

1915

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


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


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


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


Hammond and Scull note this letter but they did not see it when studying Tolkiens archives. We have no further information at this time.
6 April 1915
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Wiseman
#1217


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tolkien writes to Edith. No information is known currently of its contents.

1916

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


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


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


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


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


Christopher Wiseman had written to Tolkien on 1 March 1916, saying that Tolkien liked little, delicate, beautiful creations but he was more thrilled by ...
c. 8 March 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to Father Francis Morgan
#1312


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


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


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


Tolkien writes to G.B. Smith. Little is currently know of this letter and it is dated via the remarks of Hammond/Scull.
c. September 1916
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.B. Smith
#1555


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


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


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


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


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


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

1917

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

1925

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


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


Writing on the occasion of Wrights retirement, Tolkien reveals that it was Wrights works that had introduced him to philology as a schoolboy. Brief extr...
2 February 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to Cyril Brett
#1007


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


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


Examination of Mr. Ashtons son, a student at the University of Leeds.
22 July 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to H.F.B. Brett-Smith
#67


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


Tolkien replies to E.S. Craig, enclosing the signed undertaking. He hopes that the statutes governing the chair can be mitigated as he has to give six m...
7 August 1925
J.R.R. Tolkien to R.W. Chambers
#1724


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


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


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


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

1926

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

1936

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tolkien replies to the BBCs request to broadcast a portion of his translation of Pearl. He gives permission for the reading.
27 September 1936
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Aurelius Pompen
#79


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


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


Tolkien sends the completed typescipt for the Hobbit and one illustration, likely one of his maps. Allen and Unwin will receive them two days later on 5...
8 December 1936
J.R.R. Tolkien to Susan Dagnall
#1841


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

1937

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


This entry covers various letters between Tolkien, the Registry University of Oxford and King Edward VI School, Birmingham, relating to Tolkien’s tenu...
7 January 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#1844


Tolkien returns a slip to GA&U, likely the publicity piece for The Hobbit.
23 January 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Susan Dagnall
#1847


Tolkien in reply to Susan Dagnalls letter sent that morning, , notes that he can keep either 13 or 14 February free. He includes the original drawing of...
8 February 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to R.W. Chambers
#139


Tolkien makes mention of the new volume on Buckingham by P.N. Tolkien also promises to send Chambers a copy of his book, written for his children and oc...
21 February 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Allen & Unwin
#1850


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


Tolkien returns to GA&U the remaining proofs, end-papers, and suggestions for them of The Hobbit.
30 March 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#1866


Writing to C. A. Furth of GA&U, Tolkien hopes that the proofs for The Hobbit will arrive with him during his vacation. He also notes that he will attemp...
25 April 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Furth
#137


Tolkien writes back to Furth in regards to the dustjacket design for The Hobbit. Furth wrote on April 15th that the pink hue that Tolkien put on the mou...
28 May 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#475


Tolkien, writing to GA&U approves the dust-jacket for The Hobbit but feels the sun would be better with a finer outline. He prefers the green binding an...
31 May 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Lionel Salt
#80


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


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


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


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


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


Tolkien had been in London a day after seeing Stanley Unwin and had been asked to dinner next time he had reason to be in London, but Tolkien felt it wa...
13 August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth
#1966


Tolkien writes to C. A. Furth asking that copies of The Hobbit be sent to R. W. Chambers and George S. Gordon. He says that GA&U can use the colour illu...
13 August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1967


Writing to Stanley Unwin, Tolkien hopes that they can lunch together when he visits London next, most likely in November. He has not as yet had time to ...
28 August 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mabel Day (Early English Text Society)
#1923


Tolkien replies to Mabel Days letter of 6 August. He says that he hoped to have completed work on her request by now but notes that the death of the lib...
5-7 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to C.A. Furth (of George Allen and Unwin)
#81


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


Tolkien writes to C.A. Furth of GA&U. He needs five outstanding authors copies and seven copies for giving to a few people who cannot buy a of The Hobbi...
21 September 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Simonne d'Ardenne
#82


A short note enclosed with a copy of The Hobbit (published on this day) sent by Tolkien as a gift to Simonne dArdenne. The letter is kept at the Univers...
c. 21 September 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to E.V. Gordon
#1976


Tolkien sends a copy of his newly published book, The Hobbit, to his friend E. V. Gordon.
22 September 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#112


Tolkien wrote to his Aunt, Jane Neave enclosing a signed copy of The Hobbit. This letter and the book were described with some short quotes and an image...
17 November 1937
J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#1009


Hammonds Bibliography notes that Tolkien wrote to Stanley Unwin about Simonne dArdennes translation of an early draft of Farmer Giles of Ham in a letter...
14 December 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to G.E. Selby
#84


Tolkien apologizes for the delay in replying due to his poor health. writes that he prefers his own mythology which The Hobbit only briefly touches upon...
15 December 1937
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Arthur Ransome
#105


Replying to Arthur Ransomes letter of 13th December (see #TCGLetter106) Tolkien opens with exclamations of honour at receiving a letter from Ransome. To...

1938

17 February 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#589


Tolkien informs his publisher that Houghton Mifflin are yet to return to him the five orginal watercolour paintings for The Hobbit.
28 May 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Kenneth Sisam
#107


Tolkien opens by noting that he received a card from Turville-Petre, who would be leaving for Iceland, most likely on the 3rd June.
21 July 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to A.F. Colborn
#108


Tolkien provides a letter of recommendation for his B.Litt student A.F. Colborn.
31 July 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ida Gordon
#1125


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


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


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


Tolkien has been ill. He offers advice on Idas financial situation.
26 Sep 1938
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ida Gordon
#1129


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


Tolkien replies to Simonne dArdennes letter of 10 October. In it he offers various corrections and suggestions for Sweets Anglo-Saxon Primer and says he...
24 December 1938
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Kilbride
#110


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

1949

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


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


Cardinal Mindszenty is a letter, co-signed by J.R.R. Tolkien, sent to the editor of The Times (published on 28 January 1949; p. 5). The letter, written ...
11 March 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Turnbull
#133


Tolkien reports that he has completed The Lord of the Rings, he doubts it will ever be published but he will send Miss Turnbull a copy, along with Farme...
4 June 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#134


Tolkien replies stating he is very pleased at the illustrations for Farmer Giles of Ham. He says that after seeing the images, his friends, very justly,...
15 July 1949
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Flint
#1091


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


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


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


Tolkien writes that he has two books accepted for publication, and nearly finished. Quotes were published from the letter in Sothebys Catalogue of Valua...
28 November 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Havard
#930


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
25 December 1949
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#916


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


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

1953

8 March 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#159


Tolkien has not supplied Sayer with a copy of The Lord of the Rings as yet.
later in March 1953 (see letter dated 8 March)
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#160


An undated letter from later in March contains a new plea for help, this time in writing a publicity blurb for The Lord of the Rings.
28 April 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#161


Tolkien writes to George Sayer apologising for not thanking Sayer for his letter. Tolkien had received books late, missing a contract deadline. Tolkien ...
24 June 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#162


Tolkien opens by apologising for for typing his reply. He has severe pain in his hand and cannot currently write. He discusses university and family mat...
11 July 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Burchfield
#1080


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


Writing in reply to a letter from Beard (July 16th), Tolkien confirms he has received galleys that were wrongly delivered to his old address at 99 Holyw...
15 August 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ronald Eames
#180


Eames had written to Tolkien the previous day regarding galleys for The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien replies saying he will return all copies, if it is li...
31 August 1953
J.R.R. Tolkien to George McDonald(?)
#1079


Letter discussing galleys of Lord of the Rings as well as Tolkiens translation of Sir Gawain. Although he complains about the lack of a tape recorder, w...
2 December 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1088


Writing to Miss Perry Tolkien discusses the Lord of the Rings, hoping it will be published in the coming year. He has had Ill health and has been very b...
28 December 1953
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#181


Tolkien arranges to visit Allen & Unwin in London with the manuscript for The Return of the King. A reproduction of the postcard appears in Treasures fr...

1954

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


Tolkien writes to a Mr. Griffiths regarding Cecily Clarks Peterborough Chronicles.
29 January 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rector of the University of Liège
#186


Concerning festivites around Tolkiens honorary doctorate at the University of Liége. The letter was published in the article Tolkien and Belgium by Joh...
16 March 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1359


Tolkien sends by registered post two maps, the General Map, and Part of the Shire. Both of these maps were drawn by Christopher Tolkien. Tolkien will no...
30 April 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Stanley Unwin
#187


Tolkien writes to Stanley Unwin regarding Richard Hughess opinion of The Lord of the Rings. Quotes from the letter appears in Sothebys Catalogue of Nine...
17 May 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Henry Willink
#188


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


Tolkien writes to H.S. Bennett who had written to Tolkien the previous day. He discusses the proposed move by C.S. Lewis to Cambridge. C.S. Lewis would ...
6 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1061


Tolkien remarks on the division of The Lord of the Rings into three volumes, and complains about the contemptuous review of the first volume in the Sund...
17 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Tolkien
#189


Tolkien writes to his son Michael, telling of the welcome from certain people of his major work. He suggests that Michael George, his grandson, may enjo...
21 August 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Neville Coghill
#190


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


A continuation of a letter dated 29 January that same year about Tolkiens honorary doctorate. He also confirms he will gladly accept the invitation to t...
20 September 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#1087


Tolkien opens by saying he has been ill or else would have replied to Miss Perrys letter of 10 August. He mentions a Mr. Lambert and that authors should...
28 September 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Daphne Castell
#1046


Daphne Castell (later Cloke) interviewed Tolkien circa 1966. This letter, along with two others and an annotated transcript of her notes for the intervi...
13 October 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to John Staniforth
#193


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


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


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


This letter (written and sent from Dublin) again concerns the festivities of Tolkiens reception of an honorary doctorate at the University of Liège on ...
6 November 1954
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Burchfield
#194


The letter deals with the reception to The Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkiens philological colleagues. A photograph of the first half of the first page ...
17 November 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#195


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


Tolkien replies to Miss Perry who had sent Tolkien a favourable review of The Lord of the Rings. He was very pleased and discusses it along with other p...
1 (and 2nd) December 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#196


No information is known about this letter
13 December 1954
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Heppenstall
#197


No information is known about this letter.

1955

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


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


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


Tolkien writes, noting his ill-health, birthdays and gifts, saying that he finds suggestions for presents very odd. Tolkien had ended up receiving a pai...
2 May 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Turnbull
#200


From tolkiengateway.com: Tolkien writes that he is currently putting final touches on the third volume of The Lord of the Rings (evidently in Appendices...
12 May 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#201


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


Thanking Miss Turnbull for a gift and mention that he has sent off the last items (proofs) for The Return of the King.
2 June 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nathan C. Starr
#203


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


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


Tolkien responded to a request as to what makes him tick. Quotes from this letter were printed in the 5 June 1955 New York Times Book Review article In ...
13 June 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Deirdre Levinson
#204


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


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


Tolkien mentions his visit to London where he met Rayner Unwin. He met Mr. Wilson who he described as the small old Scott who seems to reign over that l...
27 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Richard L. Sturch
#960


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


A letter from Tolkien to Miss Judson of Tunbridge Wells talking about The Return of the King and Tolkiens 1955 trip to Italy.
28 July 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jennifer Brookes-Smith
#205


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


Tolkien wishes that Mrs. Dixey will enjoy reading the as yet unpublished Return of the King, telling her that there are about 100 pages of appendices. I...
22 August 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to John Roberts
#208


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


Tolkien submits a hand-written application and cover letter to join The Society of Authors on this date. He gives his full name, signature, occupation, ...
8 September 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Souch
#209


Tolkien answers a letter discussing among other things the delay in the last volume of The Lord of the Rings. He hopes the final volume is close to publ...
9 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Sparrow (The Society)
#1171


Tolkien wriitng to John Sparrow on finances of The Society (Ad Eundem club), the drop in members and subscriptions, he notes that Cambridge is not payin...
27 September 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Martin C. Stone
#958


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


Tolkien opens this two sided post-note apologising for his delay in replying. He and Edith have both been very ill of late. He had recieved the proof-co...
22 October 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Mitchell
#212


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


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


Tolkien expresses pleasure that his books cheered her. The recipient may be Joyce Biddell of Maidstone, Kent, who adapted the novel for the stage in 196...
?Late 1955 or ?1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to G.E. Selby
#230


Little is known of this 6 page letter but Tolkien touches on the publication of The Lord of the Rings, stating it is not a trilogy and not an allegory. ...
2 December 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elizabeth Jennings
#215


Tolkien congratulates Jennings on the publication of her poetry book A Way of Looking and discusses the merits of W.H. Audens Shield of Achilles, and me...
12 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to David Masson
#211


The Return of the King was published 20 October 1955. Irritated by the Times Literary Supplement review of 25 November 1955, Mr. Masson, a librarian at ...
16 December 1955
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Capan
#228


Tolkien thanks Mr. Capan for an invitation to visit Cambridge University but he must decline with regret. He is busy in term-time, especially in the mid...
21 December 1955
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Rachael Feichtmeir
#229


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


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

1956

1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Unknown
#231


This letter to an unknown recipient was briefly mentioned in an article, Tolkien Letters a Treasure posted by the Chronicle in Newcastle after an appear...
1 January 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Polet
#232


Tolkien writes a brief letter thanking Mr Polet for his letter and expresses his delight that Polet is enoying The Lord of the Rings.
12 January 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Scott
#1652


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


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


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


This undated letter sent sometime between January 1956 and April 1958 concerns an Elvish passage as noted by Anders Stenström. He noted an Elvish passa...
28 January 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Doris Elizabeth Sykes
#1054


This letter was sold with another letter dated July 1956.
?Mid-February 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Peter Alford
#239


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


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


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


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


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
21 March 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ernest Rasdall
#241


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


Tolkien writes a letter explaining his current bad health and work load. The letter was included in Gerard A.J. Stodolski Catalogue 299.
12-13 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William Galbraith
#236


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


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


As with Tolkiens draft of this letter, this letter opens with Tolkiens ackowledgment of Minchins suggestions and his note that he is now more than ever ...
20 April 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to [Rev.] Paul Spilsbury
#1692


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


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


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


Tolkien wrote to his publisher saying that he was being honoured/or pestered by would-be illustrators.
?Early July 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Doris Elizabeth Sykes
#237


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


Tolkien declines an invitation to speak in Cambridge due to work load, especially philological matters. Tolkien says that he is very tired and cannot ex...
19 September 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Terence Tiller
#258


Tolkien replied to a letter from Mr. Tiller, dated 17 September 1956, giving his permission in principle for Mr. Tiller to produce the second two parts ...
5 November 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Britten
#259


Tolkien replies to questions, mostly involving The Silmarillion. It is plainly suggested that Elves do ‘sleep’, but not in our mode, having a differ...
6 November 1956
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan Hill
#1065


Tolkien declines a dinner invitation.
11 November 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Britten
#260


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


Tolkien replies to Miss Stanley-Smith of the Deddington Library and confirms he can attend and give a speech at the opening of the new library. He follo...
8 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. [Anthony] Roberts
#281


Tolkien replies to a fan letter with pleasure that Mr. Roberts is enjoying The Lord of the Rings. He makes a brief mention of his First and Second Age s...
16 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Britten
#261


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


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


DRAFT: A two page lettercard to Deirdre Levinson dated 20 December 1956. The front of the card shows a four line quote from the Crist of Cynewulf, while...
24 December 1956
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Patricia Kirke
#284


Tolkien writes to Patricia Kirke explaining he had been too busy to write Christmas cards or letters until just a few days prior. His daughter Priscilla...

1957

4 February 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Max Schuchart
#1529


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


Tolkien writes to Monckton, suggesting dates for the next dinner in the hopes that Monckton can attend and add more weight to the Oxford side. He had de...
9 April 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Haywood
#286


Mr Haywood, a young reader of The Lord of the Rings, had written a letter of appreciation to Tolkien. The letter reflects on the success of The Hobbit. ...
25 April 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#182


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


A letter to a young fan named Charles Blackwood. Discusses runes, Tolkien remarks that he did not invent the runes in The Hobbit. See for more details.
9 June 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#322


Tolkien sends his apologies for having not replied to William Readys letter, or to an invitation from the director of the Marquette Department of Englis...
22 June 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Andrew Schiller
#323


In response to a paper that Andrew Schiller wrote and sent with a letter to Tolkien, he discusses the classic medieval tale Sir Gawain and the Green Kni...
26 June 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Deirdre Levinson
#324


Tolkien comments on conditions in South Africa, and gives Levinson news of various appointments in Oxford, including Nevill Coghill as the Merton Profes...
9 July 1957
J.R.R. Tolkien to Walter Monckton
#1655


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


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


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


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


Tolkien sends his letter from 6 September intended for Forrest J. Ackerman to Rayner Unwin after hearing nothing more from him and asks him to forward i...
6 September 1957 (UNSENT)
J.R.R. Tolkien to Forrest J. Ackerman
#1668


Tolkien writes a letter to Forrest J. Ackerman but it will never be sent.
11 Sep 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Clemence Dane
#321


Tolkien writes a short note to Clemence Dane, thanking her for her kindness the day before. She had presented Tolkien with the International Fantasy Awa...
9-10 November 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#326


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


Tolkien replies with gratitude for the invitation for he and Edith to lunch but they cannot make the Tuesday but hopes to be asked again. He suggests th...
19 December 1957
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Patricia
#329


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


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

1958

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


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


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


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


Tolkien says he would very much like to meet you and Mr. David Smith. Tolkien is on leave due to his wifes illness and he will be visiting her in hospit...
22 February 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wood
#334


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


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


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


Following the publication of the third volume from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, many readers demands grew for an index or glossary that would help...
20 March 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Cees Ouboter
#336


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


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


Tolkien had just returned from Holland and had obtained a copy of the invitation and menu for Peter Alford. All went well except a change to the speaker...
3 April 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Jongkees
#335


A letter of reply to the professor who had invited Tolkien for a cup of tea, Tolkien replies as if by Gandalf.
?11 April–c. 21 April and c. 28 April–5 May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Forrest J. Ackerman
#915


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


Tolkien wrote a two page letter to Professor Jongkees. He is pleased that many of those who have read his books are devoted to the sciences. He says tha...
16 May 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1678


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


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


Tolkien writes to Rayner Unwin, including a letter with a sheet of answers to be forwarded to Nancy Smith. He has been waylaid by many bothers and will ...
16 June 1958
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1685


Tolkien writes to Rayner Unwin, including the Zimmerman story-line along with the cover note to Ackerman. Tolkien tells Rayner that he does not want to ...
11 October 1958 - 26 February 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Symm and Company
#1660


Noted at Archives Hub, and held at the Oxfordshire History Centre, is held correspondence between the buidling contractor Symm and Company and J.R.R. To...
20 October 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Misses E. Jones and J. Taylor
#339


Tolkien sends his apologies not replying earlier, he describes himself as a much harassed man.
26 October 1958
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J.R.R. Tolkien to L.M. Cutts
#341


Tolkien apologises for the cost of The Lord of the Rings,

1959

21? February 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#342


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


Note from Tolkien to the Merton College Porters asking them to allow his secretary, Miss Hope, to collect any letters or parcels addressed to him at the...
5 March 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#343


Tolkien writes with gratitude regarding Readys arrangement of the purchase by the Marquette University of Tolkiens manuscripts for The Lord of the Rings...
8 May 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Hope
#1058


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


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


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


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


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


A melancholy letter expressing various complaints.
12 August 1959
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dell
#1037


Tolkien writes his thanks for Dells letter and forwards a copy to his US publishers.
December 1959
J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#347


Tolkien complains about his forced retirement and inadequate pension. A description of the letter was included in Christies Fine Printed Books and Manus...

1960

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


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


A fascinating letter on the labors of producing his iconic work, concluding with a humorous aside on real-life namesakes of his famous characters. A pho...
15 March 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ruth Spalding
#957


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


Tolkiens letter, of which an extract is published in Triode 18 (May 1960) deals with the possibility of a film of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien says th...
2 May 1960
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J.R.R. Tolkien to unknown
#777


According to Kennys bookstore in Dublin, The letter was a reply by Tolkien to a publisher who had sent him a copy of a childrens book to proof and to pr...
7 July 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Heinrich Wolfgang Donner
#461


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


Tolkien writes to Alina Dadlez saying that the Dutch Hobbit paperbacks printed by Prisma have arrived safely. He thinks the translation is reasonably we...
30 August 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Lewis Hersh
#1067


Letter concerns various points in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.
22 November 1960
J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#463


In this letter Tolkien complains of the effects of old age and other troubles. Edith is under observation with the fear that she has cancer.

1961

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


Christopher Fettes had written to Tolkien asking why he referred to both Tom Bombadil and Treebeard as the oldest beings in Middle-earth. In Tolkiens re...
26 January 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#455


Tolkien apologises for not replying to Amy Ronalds letter sooner. He has been working hard so as to give undivided attention to further work on the hobb...
March 13, 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1856


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


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


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


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


Tolkien regrets that he shall not be in Oxford when suggested. I shall be away from the 19th June until the 15th July. Tolkien will reside in Bournemout...
3 July 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Gilmore
#471


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


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


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


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


Tolkien asks Pamela Chandler for some prints from the galleys that she has sent him.
11 October 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#697


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


Tolkien suggests a book about Tom Bombadil as an interim amusement that wouldnt cost too much. He suggests Pauline Baynes as illustrator.
13 November 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Paul Barnetson
#486


Tolkien thanks Mr. Barnetson for his letter,
15 November 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#487


Tolkien has been asked to provide more poems to go with Tom Bombadil as the book is too small: A description of the letter appeared in The J.R.R. Tolkie...
18 November 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1072


Tolkien sends an additional poem (Princess Mee) to Rayner Unwin for possible inclusion in the Tom Bombadil poetry book.
23 November 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#489


Tolkien notes the evolution of the The Adventures of Tom Bombadil,
8 December 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1074


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


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


Tolkien writes He offers his best wishes for Christmas and refers to Przemyslaw Mroczkowskis mention of a Polish translation (assumed to be of The Lord ...
29 December 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Perry
#494


Tolkien replies to Perry explaining his delay as be is not able to remember addresses and that his papers are not in order. Tolkien goes on to discuss h...

1962

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


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


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


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


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


Edith had an accident and fell, leaving herself unable to be left alone. Tolkien therefore had to cancel his plan to see his friend George Sayer.
16 April 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miriam Hirsch
#495


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


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


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


Tolkien notes his admiration of Baynes working practices and laments his own. He again asks for Baynes to work on the book and hopes for a visit. He con...
3 August 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#492


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


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


Tolkien sends his comments on the illustrations by Pauline Baynes to Rayner Unwin. Extracts are found in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronol...
19 September 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alina Dadlez
#498


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


Tolkien responds to a fan, saying that he cannot promise further adventures in Middle-earth.
7 November 1962
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Sheppard
#499


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


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


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


A brief letter thanking a fan for her letter and one from her niece. Tolkien says he hopes to write more about The Lord of the Rings but has many commit...
23 December 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#876


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

1963

12 February 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Elliot-Howard
#501


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


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


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


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


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


Tolkien apologises, and mentions his and Ediths poor health.
April 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Charles Huttar
#932


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


Addressed to a couple Tolkien had met on a particularly disastrous holiday with his wife - it describes a holiday Tolkien and his wife took in 1963, alt...
18 April - 6 May 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. and Mrs. Kroos
#523


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


Tolkien discusses Beowulf, The short extract above comes from Kevin Crossley-Hollands 1968 translation of Beowulf. See ( Longer extracts were published ...
Oct 11 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1862


Tolkien writes to his secretary about the American deluxe Hobbit proposal, which had sent him a specimen of artwork from Virgil Finlay. He has some issu...
21 October 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Munby
#508


Writing to a Mrs Munby (while at Hotel Miramar, Bournemouth) in response to a number of questions posed by her son Stephen about The Lord of the Rings, ...
28 November 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#509


Tolkien writes a letter to George Sayer after the death and funeral of his friend and Narnia creator C.S. Lewis. Years before Lewis had requested Tolkie...
29th November 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Gordon R. Naylor
#1690


A response to a fan who asked about the use of their maiden name in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien explains that it was entirely coincidental and refers...
December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared C. Lobdell
#510


Tolkien discusses C.S. Lewis and his qualities as a reader.
1960s (likely December 1963)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Eileen Elgar
#776


Tolkien thanks Eileen Elgar for her card and sends her a copy of his verse which he describes as an American copy but printed in England. Tolkien apolog...
4 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Clark
#512


On page two of this three page letter Tolkien discusses various subjects including Leaf by Niggle,
6 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Madam Ossendrijver
#513


A brief letter stating that The Silmarillion is not yet complete, but that The Adventures of Tom Bombadil should be coming out soon in America. He compl...
7 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosalind Ramage
#514


Tolkien discusses rhyme and a poem sent to the professor by the recipient Roalind Ramage, offers much encouragement and includes a poem of his own for R...
12 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#1857


Tolkien sends Robertss letter about serializing The Hobbit in Princess magazine to his publisher. He is in principle ok with the idea as the fee seems r...
11 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Howard McCord
#515


Howard McCord was a creative writing professor at Washington State University when he wrote a letter to Tolkien. He compliments Tolkien on The Fellowshi...
16 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Baronne A. Baeyens
#516


Tolkien opens this letter by apologising for his delay in replying to a letter from September, and that his secretary had typed up a note but he felt a ...
18 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Hepworth
#520


Tolkien writes a short note to Mr. Hepworth, the father of Jonathan who had sent Tolkien a drawing of Mordor. He thanks Mr. Hepworth for his letter and ...
18 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Hepworth
#519


Tolkien replied to a letter from Jonathan thanking for his letter - and especially for the (horrible) view of Mordor and the destruction of Orodruin. I ...
25-26 December 1963
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nancy Smith
#511


Tolkien writes on Christmas Day to Nancy Smith who in the 1950s had prepared an index to the Lord of the Rings. He explains he had retrieved her letter ...

1964

1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to A correspondent
#1689


In a footnote in Unfinished Tales, Christopher Tolkien quotes from this otherwise unknown letter discussing confusion around the numbering of Númenorea...
17 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to The Royal Society of Literature
#539


Tolkien was asked to write an obituary for the Royal Societys journal. He suggests Owen Barfield may be willing. Tolkien writes, saying that I feel his ...
17 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. A. Mountfield
#540


A typed letter of thanks to Mrs A. Mountfield of Eltham Green School, thanking her for sending the letter by one of her class children (#TCGLetter541) w...
17 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Master Clements* (see note)
#541


Tolkien thanks Master Clements for his appreciation of The Hobbit and suggests that the other books I have written which you might enjoy, Farmer Giles o...
17 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#923


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
18 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Justin Arundale
#542


Tolkien replies to Justin Arundale aged ten explaining that the Silmarillion will not be published for some time yet. He closes by asking him to tell hi...
20-26 January 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski
#543


A reply to a sympathetic letter of Professor Przemyslaw Mroczkowski in Kraków. Tolkien hopes that his friend has recovered from an operation, though To...
24 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#925


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
28 February 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to James Heaf
#544


Tolkien answers a question about what Hal saw on the North Moors - Tolkien does not think it was an Entwife, but likely a troll. He also recommends Heaf...
30 May 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane T. Sibley
#546


Miss Jane T. Sibley, a college student in Haddam, Connecticut, asked Tolkien why the runes used in The Hobbit and in The Lord of the Rings were not of t...
6 June 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sue Parman
#548


Tolkien replies to Sue Parman, who had adapted some of Tolkiens poetry to music and sent him a recording on tape. On 6 June 1964, Tolkien sent her a let...
13-15 June 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to W.R. Matthews
#550


Tolkien discusses Black Speech stating that it was not intentionally modelled on any style, but was meant to be self-consistent, very different from Elv...
8 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to James Heaf
#545


In an earlier letter Tolkien had suggested that James Heaf read his forthcoming book The Silmarillion. He now regrets that The Silmarillion might not be...
10 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Marcus
#551


In this typed letter with a hand written post script Tolkien discusses the development of The Lord of the Rings saying that Hobbits were not a late addi...
10 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan White
#552


Tolkien replies thanking Alan White for his Runes. Included in this typed letter was a signature written in Roman and Tengwar letters. See DTS 68 - The ...
15 July 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss J.L. Curry
#563


Tolkien writes about Walt Disney and then on the second and final page says that he has been ill and unable to work. He is now better. Extracts from the...
31 July 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared Lobdell
#1038


Tolkien discusses the proverb third time proves best.
10 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Carole Ward
#564


Tolkien replies to a question on a dramatization of The Lord of the Rings for BBC 2. His secretary had rediscovered the letter from March and apologises...
14 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#565


Tolkien discusses the serialisation of The Hobbit in The Princess. Tolkien notes that dwarves is used throughout in his book, but it would be ok for thi...
15 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Richard Potts
#566


Tolkien replies to a letter which included a questionaire. Tolkiens reply is priceless. Richard Potts sent Professor Tolkien a questionnaire whilst work...
21 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to G. Burke Johnston
#938


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade and contains a handwritten letter and a typed letter.
21st August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Kurt Festinger
#1304


Tolkien responds to a fan letter, pointing out where the runes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are translated in those books, and what his initi...
28 August 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to E. Rasdall
#567


Tolkien replies, thanking Mr. E. Rasdall for his interest in his writing and returns the copy of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil to be signed. Tolkien ex...
30 August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to L. Sprague de Camp
#568


Tolkien writes to Lyon Sprague de Camp, an American author of science fiction and fantasy books, he had sent Tolkien a copy of Swords and Sorcery, an an...
11 November 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#569


Tolkien replies to questions about how the manuscripts of The Lord of the Rings and Mr. Bliss were sold to Marquette University. Excerpts from this lett...
15 December 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#928


Jocelyn Gibb requested any letters from C. S. Lewis that could be included in a forthcoming volume. Tolkien exchanged few letters with C. S. Lewis, as t...
31 December 1964
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ingeborg Korff
#570


This letter was from Tolkien to school children in Germany. Tolkien remarks that he was particularly interested to know that you have not only read The ...
Before 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Richard Lupoff
#574


Tolkien wrote to Richard Lupoff denying any influence from the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs on the creation of Shelob. An extract from the letter wa...

1965

Mid to late 1960s
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Blashka
#815


A letter written in the third person and sent to his assistant Joy Hill, presumably for her to type and send on, being a response to a letter received f...
5 January 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hilary Tolkien
#1331


Tolkien writes to his brother to thank him for visiting on his birthday.
19 January 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Unnamed (EXAMPLE OF A STOCK-REPLY)
#573


An example of brief stock letters that would be sent with Tolkiens written signature to readers who had sent letters to Tolkien. It reads Thank you very...
24 January 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joan O. Falconer
#575


Replying to Falconers letter of 17 January, Tolkien discusses Sam Gamgees character in The Lord of the Rings. Excerpts have been published in Mythprint ...
11 May 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Agatha Carew Hunt
#588


This letter is dated 11 May 1965 and was originally a stock reply to her letter of appreciation. Tolkien discovers the letter on 4 October, and adds a n...
20 May 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Eder
#1123


Tolkien replies to fan letter thanking Mr. Eder for his letters and pictures of stained glass windows. He enjoyed seeing them. He also alerts Eder to th...
28 May 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Unknown young lady from New Zealand
#688


A young girl from New Zealand had written to Tolkien a letter about genealogy and hobbit recipes for cooking rabbits, Tolkiens secretary wrote back a ni...
20 May 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#943


This is a stock reply letter but Tolkien adds that he is hindered in writing the Silmarillion because of having to revise The Lord of the Rings to fight...
7 June 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#965


Tolkien writing to Donald Swann mentions a visit from Swann and his wife. The Tolkiens were delighted to spend time with them. The matter of the visit a...
3 August 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to The Librarian at Marquette
#699


Tolkien writes to the Librarian at Marquette asking for copies of manuscript materials needed for revising The Lord of the Rings. The original letter wi...
26 August 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Paula Coston (née Iley)
#700


Tolkien wrote to a young family friend, containing a long discussion about composing verse. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were about to be publis...
14 September 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#966


Tolkien writes thanking Donald Swann for the tickets. he notes that Priscilla cannot attend but he has asked Dr. Robert Havard (the Inklings) along in h...
16 September 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#701


Tolkien writes to his grandson Michael George, clarifying that he is interest in all apsects of Michaels work and tastes. He says that he may have helpe...
29 September 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#702


Lanier sent Tolkien a copy of Dune by Frank Herbert for which Tolkien ended up owing a bill for the postage. Tolkien was unhappy that he was also charge...
20 October 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wheeler
#703


Tolkien writes about the Ballantine editions of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien says that Ballantine will soon release a revised paperback edition, and t...
25 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#947


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
26 October 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#1026


A one-page response to a couple of questions that Plotz had asked. Tolkien translates the poem A Elbereth Gilthoniel, tells how to pronounce Meriadoc, t...
27 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared C. Lobdell
#1094


No details of this letter are known. It is held with a complete transcript at the Marquette archives.
28 October 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to P.M. Cowan
#704


Tolkien replies to a young reader who had asked him about the index for The Lord of the Rings saying that the index is not yet published, but is being w...
28 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#929


Tokien sends his thanks to Gibb for sending a copy of the book Light on C.S. Lewis and notes that it says more about the contributors than of Lewis hims...
30 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to J.L.N. O'Loughlin
#709


Tolkien replies saying that he has read OLoughlins article but he does not have time to provide a commentary for it. A description of the letter was inc...
30 November 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Wakeman
#964


Tolkien writes to Wakeman declining an invitation to submit an entry for his new collection, Midcentury Authors. This letter is held at the Wade.
1 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to David Charles Rose
#942


This letter remains unpublished. It is held at the Wade.
3 December 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Lancashire
#705


A 1965 Stock Letter and an apology from Tolkien for not having time for a longer answer.
6 December 1965
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J.R.R. Tolkien to G.S. Rigby Jr
#711


Tolkien writes to Rigby acknowledging the theological aspects of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien says that there is a lot of theology in the work. A desc...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christine Jones
#712


Tolkien writing thanking Christine Jones for her interest and says that although he found her comments on the ending interesting: If I answered all the ...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Dixon
#713


Tolkien writes expressing his gratitude for the article that Dixon sent him from the Saturday Review detailing the ACE Books edition of The Lord of the ...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Jaworski
#714


This letter is briefly described in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology where Hammond/Scull say that he is not interested in drama and do...
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to William McCullam
#715


Tolkien writes a letter thanking William McCullam who had included a royalty for The Lord of the Rings. It is assumed McCullam had purchased a copy of t...

1966

1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Calleja
#717


Tolkien writes to explain that the second edition of The Hobbit is different to the original. Charles Calleja gave some insights about the letter and hi...
1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Henry Gris
#783


Tolkien writes thanking Gris for the enclosed proposal. Gris worked for the company UPI who were, and are a press agency. It is assumed they had wanted ...
7 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Shaw
#718


Tolkien writes making mention of the suggestion that The Lord of the Rings landscape is based on Iceland. Tolkien says that he has never been there, tho...
10 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Timothy J. Wheeler
#719


Tolkien writes to Timothy Wheeler thanking him for his good wishes. This letter, and others to Wheeler were presented at
10 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#721


Tolkien thanks Lanier for his letter and other material (a science fiction newsletter) that has reached him by Christmas. Tolkien says he has sent the n...
12 January 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to David Hicks
#722


Tolkien thanks David Hicks for his birthday greetings and says he is writing more about the world of The Lord of the Rings, when he has the time. He ret...
10 February 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald A. Wollheim
#720


Tolkien writes and expresses his regret at his delayed reply. he had like many at that time been ill with influenza. He encloses two copies of the signe...
14 February 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#723


Tolkien thanks Lanier for sending a copy of S.F.W.A. January Bulletin, saying the campaign has worked and Ace has offered acceptable terms. Tolkien cong...
23 February 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#967


Writing to Donald Swann Tolkien mentions a BBC2 broadcast that he will sadly miss. Tolkien mentions he has succeeded in his battle with Ace noting that ...
Spring 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rod Jellema
#743


Tolkien writes saying that any article (written by W.H. Auden) should be accurate, rather than respectful. This letter was quoted in W.H. Auden: A Legac...
9 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst
#724


Tolkien writes about the publication of a proposed book about him by W.H. Auden. This letter comes shortly after Tolkien had written to W.H. Auden and h...
11 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#184


Tolkien writes to his friend George Sayer regarding his preferred version of The Lord of the Rings should Tolkien have one sent to him.
12 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to John Bush
#785


Tolkien thanks Mr. Bush for sending a copy of Dune. He had already received one the previous year and did not like it. He says that it best not to comme...
17 March 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#968


Tolkien writes to Donald Swann, signed Ronald. He discusses preparations for Swann’s recital, bringing in a piano, notices etc.
21 March 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer
#185


Tolkien sends a letter to his friend George Sayer firstly expressing his sorrow about Sayers wife Moira. She has been very ill of late. He had hoped tha...
21 March 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#969


Tolkien writes to Swann, mentioning details about recital, press photographs, dinner afterwards, etc. Tolkien has laryngitis.
28 March 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#970


Tolkien writes to Donald Swann who had visited the Tolkiens. He and Edith were unwell at the time. This letter is held at the Wade.
8 April 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst
#744


Tolkien replies to Roger Verhulsts letter about the US paperback rights to Essays Presented to Charles Williams, and he reiterates his objections to a p...
12 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mother Mary Anthony
#747


Tolkien writes a letter, saying he has very little personal knowledge of Charles Williamss history, and that he didnt talk with him about literature. To...
19 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#949


Tolkien suggests some days when the Scotts might visit him, as they are currently in London.
25 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#774


Tolkien replies to a letter from Rayner Unwin concerning the designs for of a new dust jacket for The Lord of the Rings and material for inclusion in Th...
3 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
#745


This brief letter dated 3 May 1966, to Roger Verhulst acknowledges receipt of the Charles Williams volume, Essays Presented to Charles Williams.
6 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Snapp
#764


Tolkien is pleased that Yale undergraduates like his work.
9 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#950


Tolkien had to leave Oxford for the day and is unable to meet with the Scotts. It is held at the Wade.
10 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#765


Tolkien thanks Miss Chandler for her photos and in particular the photos taken in their garden.
11 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Walker
#17


Tolkien replies to a letter from July 1965 where he had been sent a music tape. He is unable to listen to the tape as he does not have a recorder and is...
13 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#786


Tolkien thanks Joy Hill for sending various packets including fan mail. He would like to attend a Donald Swann concert and asks for seats. He says, rega...
13 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Philip Horowitz
#787


Tolkien thanks Philip Horowitz for his letter. Tolkien was due to leave the following day for some time and regrets that he had no time to answer questi...
30 May 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Nancy Smith
#788


Tolkien briefly discusses Ford Madox Ford and the article in Diplomat magazine. Reproduced in full in Christies Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 24 Ma...
30 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#951


Tolkien thanks Nan Scott for sending a photograph of them from her visit. It is held at the Wade.
6th June, 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Wordsworth
#1040


A brief note declining to appear in London in response to Armstrongs most delightful and generous invitation.
ca. July 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#818


Tolkien thanks Kilby for his visit and apologizes for being busy. On a seperate page, Tolkien includes a three paragraph fragment from the review of an ...
18 July 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#952


Tolkien invites her to visit next time she is in Oxford, and he will sign books for her. It is held at the Wade.
18 July 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Webster
#963


Mrs. Webster was a teacher and she and her pupils put on a performance of some scenes from The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien can not attend, but Clyde S. K...
29 July 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Max Rouslin
#767


Tolkien offers advice on finding first editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
1 August 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#819


Tolkien writes says that his son will be out for lunch on Thursday and wonders if he would like to join them.
15 August 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Lena de Grummond
#1916


Tolkien responds to Mrs. de Grummonds request for manuscript material. He declines. A brief quote from this letter is reproduced in Chronology. The lett...
26 August 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Webster
#962


Tolkien replies with thanks for the pictures sent of the performance. He will show them to Kilby who attended the performance. The letter is held at the...
29 August 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#971


Tolkien discusses alterations to songs, specifically so that there is less of a clash with Michael Flanders Sloth. This letter is held at the Wade.
12 September 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rose MacNamara
#768


Tolkien sends his congratulations to Rose, who has become a nun. He mentions that his son Father John has said a Mass for Roses father.
October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann and Flanders
#972


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Tolkien on Tolkien (Diplomat article, 1966)
#1012


Tolkien on Tolkien is the title of an article published in Diplomat (October 1966) without Tolkiens permission. It was edited by an unknown editor from ...
12 October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Rasmussen
#769


Secretarial letter to Mr Rasmussen. Tolkien mentions in a handwritten note that if the recipient is a modern steel bow you be should developing a good t...
17 October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Class II G
#770


Tolkien writes about living near the school in his youth. He tells the class that a cheap paperback is available in the US but not currently in the UK. ...
17 October 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Lena de Grummond
#1917


Tolkien apologizes for failing to sign his previous letter, and says he might have a moment to find something he could spare to donate to her project, a...
18 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#973


Tolkien invites the Swanns on the 20th December. The might be able to borrow the piano at a neighbors house. He writes about melody. It is held at the W...
24 November 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Bauer
#771


Professor Bauer had written asking Tolkien about Sinclair Lewiss Babbitt. Tolkien wonders if the name had some influence on the invention of hobbit. The...
28 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#900


Tolkien writes to Clyde S. Kilby making mention that he is pleased that Kilby has finally received the correct medication and says that he is yet to con...
28 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#953


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
30 November 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#772


Tolkien is concerned about photos that were ordered from Pamela.
8 December 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Marsh
#472


Tolkien writes to James S. Marsh and sends him three copies of his autograph to stick in his books.
14 December 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Father Maycock
#791


Tolkien sends an inscribed copy of the Japanese Hobbit, it reads With best wishes to Fr Hugh Maycock and Pusey House | Dec. 14. 1966 Tolkien inserted a ...
15 December 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#954


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
29 December 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to James S. Marsh
#473


Tolkien writes to Mr Marsh about his collaboration with Donald Swann for the book The Road goes ever on and on.

1967

1967-68
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#1095


This letter, as #TCGLetter784 is publishing in part in Vinyar Tengwar 6. More to follow on the contents. It is held at the Marquette archives in the for...
2 January 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Peyton Moss
#739


Tolkien sends some signatures to Mr Moss. This letter was orginally affixed by tape to the front of a 2nd edition LOTR, but was then removed from the bo...
2 January 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Otto B. Lindhardt
#795


Tolkien states that his efforts to help translators, or in reading their efforts, has made it clear that the nomenclature of people and places is diffic...
2 January 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#933


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
5 January 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#740


Joy has sent Tolkien a copy of The Childrens Treasury of Literature, which includes a chapter from The Hobbit.
5 January 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#901


Tolkien writes thanking Kilby for an article on Barzun and for sending a turkey.
1 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#934


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
2 February 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Albert Wieland
#741


Tolkien sends his signature to Mr Wieland.
2 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to William Ready
#1023


Writing to Willaim Ready, Tolkien states that he does not like being written about and will not provide information on his family and origins. He asks R...
6 February 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#742


Tolkien apologizes to Pamela Chandler, but he will no longer allow photographs to be taken in his house.
8 February 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Colin Manlove
#748


Tolkien writes about his essay On Fairy Stories and says that The Lord of the Rings was meant as a large-scale adult fairy story. Quoted in C. N. Manlov...
8 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to David L. Sands
#796


Tolkien writes to express his approval for the proposed Spanish translation of his works, referring the recipient to contact Allen & Unwin. A photocopy ...
16 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charlotte and Denis Plimmer
#1043


Tolkien requests that the Plimmers remove from their interview a quote from Tolkien comparing lembas to the Catholic Eucharist.
20 February 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#902


Tolkien writes to thank Kilby for sending a copy of Science is a Sacred Cow written by Anthony Standen.
1 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hans-Jörg Modlmayr
#797


Tolkien writes to explain that he has passed a letter to the Foreign Rights Department of Allen & Unwin who deal with translations of his work. He would...
14 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#799


Writing to Rayner Unwin, Tolkien makes clear that he does not want to take part in another interview. He is unhappy with the list of proposed questions ...
16 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Hans-Jörg Modlmayr
#798


Tolkien says he has not been informed as to the status of a German translation of The Lord of the Rings. He notes that a proposed translator was turned ...
21 March 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Humphrey Carpenter
#749


Tolkien writes to Humphrey to give permission for a play based on The Hobbit.
21 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#975


Tolkien sends background material for The Road Goes Ever On. He includes Galadriels Lament and Chant written out in a fair Elvish book-hand, rubricated ...
22 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#976


Tolkien writes to Donald Swann offering transcripts of the Lament and Chant in Elvish script. This letter is held at the Wade.
29 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss M. Felver
#898


Tolkien replies with graitutude for Felvers letter to him. He appreciates fans buying his books, eventually putting some small amount of money in his po...
17 April 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to J.D. Gilbert
#750


Tolkien recommends that Mr Gilbert reads The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth
28 April 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to John Leyerle
#800


Tolkien replies to a letter from Leyerle which had been hand delivered to him by William Ready. Tolkien has ceased work on his translation of The Owl an...
9 May 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr [Oscar] Morland
#753


Tolkien writes to British ambassador Oscar Morland thanking him for his typed indexes, and that he will find them very useful when he has time to work o...
12 May 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to David Best
#996


This letter was featured on the BBCs Repair Shop broadcast on 25th January 2023 (see reference). In this letter Tolkien replies that he has received Dav...
14 June 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Sister M. Anne
#1163


Replying to a letter from Sister Anne from St. Louis, Tolkien says he has no intention to write a sequel to The Lord of the Rings.
16 June 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Hooton
#755


Tolkien writes to Mr Hooton about progress on The Silmarillion, which has been delayed due to the complications presented in the United States from the ...
19 June 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#978


Tolkien thanks Swann for the book cover and compares the t rendered there to various occurrences from genuine manuscripts. It is held at the Wade.
21 June 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#935


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
?Late Summer 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. kilby
#1534


In his letter of late November, Tolkien says that he had begun a letter some time ago, but this had never been finished and remained unsent. Tolkien inc...
4 August 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#936


No details of this letter are known but Huttar had visited Tolkien on this day (see reference below). The letter is held at the Wade.
9 August 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#937


No details are known about this letter. It is held at the Wade.
28 August 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. S.E.O. Joukes
#801


Mr. Joukes had written to Tolkien suggesting that he would like to name his daughter Ioreth, to which replies that it means old woman and includes some ...
September 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to David Best
#997


A partial view of this letter was featured on the BBCs Repair Shop broadcast on 25th January 2023 (see reference). In the letter, Tolkien remarks on run...
18 September 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elsie Honeybourne
#756


Tolkien writes about the origins of the writers name Honeybourne.
8 November 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#456


Tolkien apologises that his illness has made him look like Gollum and has interfered with work.
24 November 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss [Karen C.] Walker
#758


Tolkien writes about the writers grandfather, Paul Barbier. The address is incorrect on this letter, it should be Grosmont Haggs not Grosmont Maggs.
24 November 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Terry Pratchett
#1021


Terry Pratchett had written to Tolkien having just read Smith of Wootton Major (see #TCGLetter986), in Tolkiens reply he says that the two of them feel ...
4 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst
#746


On 4 December 1967, Tolkien writes appreciatively about C.S. Lewiss Letters to an American Lady, a copy of which Verhulst had sent him.
7 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hans Jörg Modlmayr
#759


Tolkien apologizes for a secretarial letter, and says he cannot help with the matter of books for children, as he doesnt really like childrens books and...
14 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosfrith Murray
#760


Tolkien sends Rosfrith a copy of the US version of his small tale. He does not state the title, but it is very likely to be Smith of Wootton Major.
21 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Elsie Honeybourne
#761


Tolkien sends her a copy of Smith of Wootton Major.
30 December 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith Tolkien to Donald Swann
#980


Tolkien apologizes for his delay in replying, due to poor health, and he asks Swann and his wife to visit in January. Tolkien says that doing nothing an...

1968

4 January 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to K. Jackson
#732


Tolkien offers to send some stick-in autographs to Mr Jackson, technical director of Humphrey Carpenters musical adaptation of The Hobbit at the end of ...
7 January 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#904


Tolkien writes to Kilby with thanks for the turkey and mentions that he recently visited Ready. He is not happy that Ready is writing a book on him, as ...
16 January 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wettach
#1179


A stock reply to Mr. Wettach thanking him for his letter.
29 January 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to K. Jackson
#733


Tolkien writes about the origin of Bag-End, which was the local name of a house an aunt of his lived in in Worcestershire.
29 January 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#955


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
29 January 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to W. H. Auden
#1925


Writing to W. H. Auden, Tolkien says that he believes he has lying about a poem called Volsungakvida en nyja.
12 February 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#981


Tolkien hopes to see Swann on the 14th, but cannot attend a performance of The Road Goes Ever On on the 15th. This letter is held at the Wade.
20 February 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Leslie Megahey
#1717


Tolkien replies to Leslie Megaheys letter which has some better examples in ornamental Elvish script.
1 March 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Evelyn B. Byrne
#794


Tolkien was asked to write about his teenage memories and, along with 69 other contributors, this was published in the book Attacks of Taste, compiled a...
6 March 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr. Fraser Roberts
#735


Tolkien thanks Dr. Fraser Roberts for his letter.
6 March 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Beck
#802


Tolkien writes about the Ballantine posters, which he does not like.
8 April 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#803


Tolkien wrote to the President of the Tolkien Society (of America - Dick Plotz) to express his displeasure at the forthcoming publication The Tolkien Re...
April 10, 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Colin Smythe
#359


On April 5, Colin Smythe wrote to Tolkien asking if Smythe could publish a poem of his. In this response, Tolkien does not think there will be any diffi...
15 April 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#905


Tolkien writes to Kilby and mentions the book A Mind Awake: An Anothology of C. S. Lewis. He says that it reminded him of good things spread throughout ...
23 May 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Theodore Meyer
#1265


Tolkien autographs a copy of The Hobbit for Professor Meyers son.
24 May 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to George Burke Johnston
#804


Tolkien replies to a letter from Johnston. He had sent Tolkien a copy of his booklet The Poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien thanks him and says that when...
24 May 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#689


Mary Fairburn has sent some of her illustrations for The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien really likes them and thinks they could be in an illustrated version...
Mid 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to unknown
#731


Tolkien wrote a game called Word-extraction and wrote out the rules. Tolkien mentions a note but that note is missing.
June 4, 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Colin Smythe
#361


On April 11, Colin Smythe wrote back to Tolkien, saying he will look for Winters Tales For Children but hopes Tolkien could provide a new poem, and also...
August 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Ingrid Pridgeon
#736


Tolkien writes to Ingrid who lives at Spire Hollin. he gives her news of his health, he is recovering after breaking his leg in a fall down his stairs. ...
2 August 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Havard
#805


Tolkien complains about how the movers took advantage of Ediths health and did a bad job, for example putting furniture in the wrong rooms. Tolkien hims...
3 August 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1024


Tolkien writes to Joy Hill during an enforced break in Bournmouth where he is resting with a broken leg.
7 August 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Ogden
#806


Tolkien writes asking how long he will have to remain in hospital as he has to return home for the 8th September. He says that there is no room availabl...
9 August 1968?
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Havard
#931


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
4 September 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#690


A letter to Mary Fairburn about her illustrations for The Lord of the Rings - he has not yet shown her drawings to Rayner Unwin. He doesnt think an illu...
25 September 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Maple & Co, Bournemouth
#737


Maple & Co were a furniture store in Bournemouth, Tolkien appears to have bought furniture from them but has not cleared out his library to allow the fu...
27 September 1968 (postmark)
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Tony Hall
#213


Autograph letter signed, to Tony Hall explaining that he no longer lives in Oxford , describing an accident and subsequent treatment for injuries that h...
29 September 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Billy Callahan
#807


Tolkien replies to Billy Callahan apologizing for not sending a photograph. he encloses some signatures to be attached to his books. Reproduced in Wiste...
10 October 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#691


Tolkien is distressed at Mary Fairburns situation and offers to financially help her. Mary Fairburn had sent Tolkien some illustrations to view, which h...
15 October 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jared C. Lobdell
#1096


No details of this letter are currently known. It is held at the Marquette archives along with a complete transcript.
16 October 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Niall Hoskin
#738


Tolkien writes about his languages and talks about Westron or the Common Speech.
4 November 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Fairburn
#692


Partial letter to Mary Fairburn declining acquiring all of her pictures as he does not have wall space to hang them, but he is interested in her Mirror ...
8 November 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Brown
#808


Tolkien explains that he is too busy writing the Silmarillion to answer questions.
16 November 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to [Jonathan] Wordsworth
#1084


Tolkien writes about the loss of privacy and time due to his popularity, forcing him to leave Oxford, and precluding any need for a secretary.
19 November 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Ogden
#1039


Tolkien discusses a recent leg injury and the kindness he received while in the hospital.
December 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Parke
#730


Tolkien wishes Mrs Parke a Happy Christmas.

1969

1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Maria Mroczkowska
#812


Tolkien discusses the literary genres that he uses and his Atlantis complex.
3 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Niall, David and Catherine McCall
#725


Tolkien sends some autographs for the McCall children to put in their books.
3 January 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Bridget MacKenzie
#1130


Tolkien writes to the eldest daughter of Ida and E. V. Gordon. He has sent an autograph to friends of Bridget as requested, and mentions that he has mov...
6 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Paula Coston (née Iley)
#726


Paula Coston had a long letter writing correspondence with Tolkien, only one sheet of her letters has been published.
14 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Bell
#1172


Tolkien replies 13 years after Michael Bell had written to him. Bell had enclosed a book, An Idea to Win the World by Peter Harold. Tolkien explains tha...
25 January 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Bell
#1174


Tolkien was delighted that his letter arrived safely and so quickly, see #TCGLetter1172. This reply followed one from Joy Hill (#TCGLetter1175) where sh...
18 February 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Boyd Hooper
#1082


Tolkien has received a tie from Boyd Hooper, the brother of Walter Hooper, and apologizes for taking so long to reply to say thank you. It was lost in t...
15 March 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#458


Tolkien offers profuse thanks for her gift of five bottles. He says that his health and his wife Ediths are not good. They are looking forward to Spring...
20 March 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#459


Tolkien settles some confusion regarding an order of Courvoisier and gives some family news. He asks for her opinion of Le Hobbit. He doesnt like the in...
April 10 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Mroczkowska
#809


Tolkien replies to Janina Mroczkowski, the wife of Tolkiens friend and professor, Przemyslaw Mroczkowski. He apologises for his lack of replying to Prze...
28 May 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Anthony D. Howlett
#728


In this partial letter Tolkien discusses the Elvish spelling of Rivendell. Only the first page is available.
June 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#810


Tolkien writes to Joy Hill offering opinions on an adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He thinks nothing could satisfy an attentive reader, but the vis...
30 June 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Paul Bibire
#811


Tolkien writes about Cynewulf and Glanduin.
1 August 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Burrows
#729


Tolkien signs the dust-jacket of The Hobbit for Mr Burrows. Sold for £1300 at Bloomsbury Auctions Sale 614, 24th May 2007. Auction listing included a f...
Aug. 4 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Messrs. Goadsby and Harding
#1041


The letter is to Tolkiens insurance company, enclosing a cheque for policy renewal and inquiring if he has adequate cover particularly for the large gla...
14 August 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to [Rayner?] Unwin
#1032


Tolkien writes to Unwin (first name not noted) about his health. This letter was sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet in the Catalogue of Modern Literary Manusc...
28 August 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#918


Tolkien writes with remarks about Pauline Baynes Middle-earth poster, mentioning that he thinks the only error on the printed map is Enedwaith for Enedh...
1 October 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#919


Tolkien writing to Pauline Baynes returns a photocopy of the Middle-earth map, with comments. The spelling Enedwaith is correct. He also apologizes for ...
Early November 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Amy Ronald
#460


Tolkien declines an invitation to a program on November 30th titled An Afternoon in Middle-earth, but mentions some of his connections to the West Midla...
November 1969
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Leslie Holloway
#813


Tolkien was unable to attend a Tolkien conference at the Midlands Art Centre on the 30th November 1969. Joy Hill from George Allen & Unwin and Tom Shipp...
31 December 1969
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#440


Tolkien wrote a letter to his cousin Dorothy (Ding) Wood. Among the subjects he discusses is his recent fall. Tolkien makes some mention of his name, fa...

1970

1970
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Wood
#278


Tolkien writes to Mr Wood and sends three copies of his signature on cards, stating that he should keep one for himself.
5 April 1970
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hilary Tolkien
#1332


Tolkien writes to his brother, Hilary, offering his prayers for him.
7 April 1970
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Paul
#816


Tolkien sends a typed reply to Paul apologising for not replying more personally. he has moved from Oxford to devote more time to completing The Silmari...
April 13 1970
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Tom Shippey
#817


Joy Hill from George Allen & Unwin had attended a Tolkien conference that Tom Shippey spoke at, and took a copy of his presentation to show to Tolkien. ...
22 April 1970
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#441


Tolkien writes to his cousin Dorothy after he and Edith had dined at Hotel Miramar (possibly with Rayner Unwin: see The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Gui...
6 August 1970
J.R.R. Tolkien to Paula Coston (née Iley)
#1178


This letter was the third in a series of letters sold at Christies but no details beyond those record in #TCGLetter700 and #TCGLetter726 are known.
Christmas 1970
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J.R.R. Tolkien (Joy Hill) to Eileen Elgar
#1157


Tolkien signs a card to Eileen Elgar and encloses a copy of A Map of Middle-earth poster by Pauline Baynes. It is assumed he signed a typed note as he h...
14 December 1970
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J.R.R. Tolkien to W.A.R. Hadley
#374


Tolkien describes that since his accident when he moved, he has been unable to leave his house overnight and that he would love to visit Canada and Sout...
18 December 1970
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#1156


Writing to joy Hill Tolkien asks her to send a copy of A Map of Middle-earth (Pauline Baynes) to Mrs. Eileen Elgar but asks that his location not be dis...

1971

1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hilary Tolkien
#716


Tolkien talks about his memories of Bonfire Night, the 5th November. Part of this letter was printed in the book Black & White Ogre Country - The Lost T...
8 January 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
#1028


A personal letter to Plotz. Also touches upon Tolkiens worries about his estate tax situation.
25 January 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael Bell
#1173


Tolkien writes a short reply to Michael Bell thanking Bell for remembering him, assumed for his birthday? He congratulates Bell on managing the meters, ...
16 March 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Tony Davison
#1664


In reply to a letter sent from Tony Davison to Tolkien, he recieved a secretarial letter stating that Tolkien is very busy working on the Silmarillion b...
7 April 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Randy Trimmer
#822


Tolkien replies to a letter from Mr. Trimmer to apologise for not being able to reply as he is working on The Silmarillion. This letter is reproduced in...
?4-?9 May 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#442


Tolkien and Edith send a telegram in honour of her eightieth birthday. Mrs Dorothy Grace Wood (née Mountain) and Tolkien were cousins. Her mother was G...
26 May 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#443


Among the subjects included in this letter to his cousin, Dorothy Wood, Tolkien has asked Allen & Unwin to send her a copy of the India paper edition of...
14 June 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Ballard
#291


Tolkien apologises for not sending a personal reply and explains that he is to busy with the Silmarillion to answer personal questions.
21 June 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Brian Miller
#292


Tolkien thanks his former student, Brian Miller, for a copy of C.T. Onions Modern English Syntax which Brian revised.
17 July 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to C. Talbot D'Alessandro
#823


Tolkien replies to Talbot DAlessandro asking if he would like a single volume edition, making note that Talbot has an Italian translation. In a handwrit...
17 July 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to A.I. Mackay
#1081


Tolkien thanks Mr Mackay for a chart and information that he sent him about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
28 July 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Royal Insurance Co.
#450


Tolkien sends a cheque for his house insurance
28 October 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#299


Tolkien assigns the copyright of the poem Bilbos Last Song to Joy Hill and sends her the text of the poem and notes an error in the text of the poem.
8 November 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Morley
#824


Tolkien replies, thanking Miss Morley for her letter. It has arrived at his private address and mentions that he does not know how she has received that...
16 November 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Darrington
#300


Tolkien signs some books and sends a copy of Pauline Baynes illustrated Map of the Hobbit.
30 November 1971
Priscilla Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#444


Priscilla Tolkien informs Dorothy Wood that her mother, Edith, has passed away, to which Tolkien adds a post script.
11 December 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to George and Moira Sayer
#826


Tolkien replies to his close friends George and Moira Sayer who had sent their condolences on Ediths death. The letter was briefly quotes in Christies 2...
24 December 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Eileen Elgar
#825


Tolkien is desolated by the death of Edith, and wonders if he shall ever write any more. He mentions his work with Simonne dArdenne and says it is ok to...
26 December 1971
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#827


Tolkien mentions in his letter that he wore a gift from Joy on Christmas Day. Signing the letter J.R.R.T he notes that his contemporaries used to write ...
28 December 1971
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Crouch
#301


Tolkien writes to Mr Crouch, a shop keeper in Bournemouth, about him not being able to regularly visit his shop. He also mentions a photo appearing in t...

1972

1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to ? Braun
#1659


Noted only as Letter to a member of the Braun family, 1972. MS. Braun 158, folder 2 (38). Braun archive given to the library in tranches, 2010-2017. thr...
29 January 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Queen Margrethe of Denmark
#1022


Tolkien writes that Smith of Wootton Major was a very emotional personal story based on his experience of retirement and aging.
30 January 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
#828


Tolkien writes to his grandson Michael George mentioning various problems such as health, his fans, and the press.
2 February 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#445


Tolkien mentions his forthcoming trip to Buckingham Palace to receive a CBE. He says that the Queen Mother is due to make the presentation, who he has s...
2 February 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ed Meskys
#829


The contents of this letter have not been verified. According to the catalog entry at Marquette, Tolkien wrote to Meskys explaining the use of numeric s...
6 February 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Chapman
#302


Tolkien writes to Mrs Chapman, the founder of the UK Tolkien Society, to thank her for 80th birthday present from the Society.
6 February 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Hilary Tolkien
#1330


Tolkien writes to Hilary to wish him a happy birthday and talks about his move back to Oxford from Bournemouth.
16 February 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Darrington
#303


Tolkien writes to Miss Darrington and offers to visit her. He also mentions selling his library and house.
23 April 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Suzanne Eward
#830


Tolkien writes to Suzanne Eward saying that he will certainly donate copies of his work to the library where she worked.
28 April 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Robertson
#307


Tolkien writes to Mrs Roberston to arrange to visit her in Sidmouth, with his daughter and grandson Simon. He also talks about relatives in Canada.
1 May 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Donna Sadlier
#308


Miss Sadlier asked for an autograph but Tolkien states that he gets so many requests that these are now only for friends and family. Though he does send...
3 May 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Graham Tayar
#1045


Tolkien accepts an invitation to dine with the London Old Edwardians.
5 May 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Suzanne Eward
#831


Tolkien sends a typed letter dated 5 May 1972, stating that he had ordered from publishers Allen & Unwin the three volumes of Lord of the Rings and The ...
14 May 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Wordsworth
#832


Tolkien accepts an invitation to dine with The Society, and noting that he has sent a card to Cecil, the host for this particular dinner. The Society wa...
18 May 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Theodore Meyer
#1266


Tolkien declines to meet or be interviewed by Mr. Meyer as he is unable to spare the time.
23 May 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dear Sirs
#1344


Tolkien asked for help to find the address of a a correspondent.
11 June 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Burchfield
#310


Tolkien writes to Robert Burchfield profusely apologising about not returning one of Roberts books, Kentish Place-names by J.K. Wallenberg.
29 June 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Welland
#1343


Tolkien thanks Mr Welland for his letter.
27 July 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Help the Aged Housing Association (Tolkien's Desk)
#833


Tolkiens desk where he wrote parts of The Lord of the Rings and entirety of The Hobbit, so said by Tolkien himself. A photocopy of the letter with a com...
3 August 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#446


Tolkien writes to Dorothy Wood about family matters and his diminishing pension. He says that he has more work now than before retiring, and that he has...
17 September 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#447


Tolkien will be staying at the Hotel Miramar for three nights in October and he looks forward to seeing her. Tolkien indeed stays in October and they se...
26 September 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Wordsworth
#311


Tolkien discusses plans to make copies of his bust which is held at the English Faculty in Oxford. He thinks of casts or photographs and offers to sign ...
12 October 1972
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#834


A letter regarding the printed appearance of colours of certain pictures in the Ballantine Tolkien Calendar, the Moria Gate illustration, and not liking...
3 November 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Graham Tayar
#1048


Tolkien declines the invitation previously accepted due to ill health.
7 November 1972
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#448


Tolkien writes to inform Dorothy Wood that he is feeling much better.

1973

9 January 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Michael Swann
#1001


Tolkien expresses his delight in accepting the offer of the Senatus Academicus . He has suggested the 12th July 1973, and he hopes he will be able to at...
18 January 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Uggla
#317


Tolkien writes about a cutting in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter and his influence by the American fantasy writer John Cabell.
18 January 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald and Janet Swann
#982


No details of this letter to Donald Swann and his wife Janet are known but the Swanns would visit Tolkien and his daughter Priscilla in late January or ...
25 January 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr [Patrick] Hunt
#318


Tolkien sympathies with the writer about dark days and wishes him well for the future.
6 February 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to J.E. Cook & Mr. M. Roland
#836


Tolkien writes to confirm that he is happy to sign their books. He is unwell so cannot make any plans but to call at 21 Merton Street and he will see th...
9 February 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Sterling Lanier
#837


In an update to his letter of 24 January Tolkien confirms that he has asked for GA&U to help clear up the matter of the copyright situation and thanks L...
24 February 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Wordsworth
#838


Tolkien describes his health, regretting that he cannot accept an invitation to dine. Jonathan Fletcher Wordsworth (1932-2006) was an academic, literary...
6 March 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Daphne Castell
#1047


Daphne Castell (later Cloke) interviewed Tolkien circa 1966. This letter, along with two others and an annotated transcript of her notes for the intervi...
24 March 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Denis and Joyce Tolhurst
#320


A partial letter to Tolkiens doctor.
29 March 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Giusti
#1800


Tolkien writes to a reader giving an update on his next book, The Silmarillion which is already written but in need of revision.
?Late April 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Hodgson
#312


Tolkien writes to Mr Hodgson, who has asked for a hand-written version of the poem The Road Goes Ever On and On. Tolkien apologizes for a delayed respon...
20 April 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Dr Tolhurst
#373


Tolkien writes to his Physician Extraordinary (Doctor Tolhurst) and asks if he can go and stay with him and his wife.
20 April 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Higgins
#375


Tolkien writes to Mr Higgins and declines his invitation to be on a jury. He talks about his frustrations with his health and that he is trying to solel...
20 May 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to J. F. Wordsworth
#1085


Tolkien doesnt want to lose touch with friends due to health, so he plans to attend a dinner.
30 May 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Brown
#376


Tolkien sends a postcard accepting a request to sign a copy of The Lord of the Rings even though he has told everyone that he will not do this.
5 June 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to James A.H. Murray
#377


Tolkien arranges to sign some copies of his copies of his books for James and discusses the security that has been put in place by college to protect him.
14 June 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Jeronimides
#378


Tolkien offers advice on translating the Hobbit into Italian, he suggests borrowing words from English and making them sound like Italian words i.e. tro...
14 June 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Tolkin
#775


A fan with a similar last name asks if he can visit with Professor Tolkien when he passes through Oxford. Tolkien politely declines, but also gives a sh...
21 June 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Todd
#1052


Tolkien writes to Mr Todd and has signed The Lord of the Rings. He was impressed with the letter from Angela and he corrects her spelling.
24 June 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dorothy Wood
#449


In this letter to Dorothy Wood, Tolkien mentions his poor health. he is not allowed to drink wine or heavy evening meals. Tolkien had earlier arranged f...
8 July 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Canon Norman S. Power
#843


Tolkien sends Canon Power a signature, a spare copy of a publication, mentioning his childhood in Birmingham, and J. H. Shorthouses book John Inglesant....
23 July 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to High Court of Justice
#474


I JOHN RONALD REUEL TOLKIEN of Merton College Oxford hereby revoke all wills and testamentary dispositions previously made by me and declare this to be ...
28 July 1973
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Professor Campbell
#348


Tolkien was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. Tolkien writes to Doctor Campbell about how much he enjoyed his visit to Edinbu...
25 August 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Glyn Daniel
#844


Tolkien writes a letter of thanks for dinner with Professor Glyn Daniel in Cambridge. The letter is printed in J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, pp. 256-7.
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