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Fan mail response

(98 letters match)


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

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.
17 February 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Julie Cape

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
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Gill

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...
16 October 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Michael George Tolkien
 Carpenter #249

Tolkien describes his visit to the Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth. Chronology contains a few additional quotes from the letter that do not appear in Carpe...
29th November 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Gordon R. Naylor

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...
7 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rosalind Ramage

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...
11 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Howard McCord

Howard McCord was a creative writing professor at Washington State University when he wrote a letter to Tolkien. He compliments Tolkien on The Fellowshi...
18 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jonathan Hepworth

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 ...
18 December 1963
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Hepworth

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 January 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Justin Arundale

Tolkien replies to Justin Arundale aged ten explaining that the Silmarillion will not be published for some time yet.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...
28 February 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to James Heaf

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
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Peel

Tolkien apologizes for having trouble reading Mr Peels signature and was pleased that he liked his work. He states that The Silmarillion will not be pub...
6 June 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Sue Parman

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...
July 1964
Joy Hill to Colin Smythe

Tolkien apologizes for not responding sooner, and declines to provide an article for a student newspaper. The typed letter is signed by his secretary, n...
10 July 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs. Marcus

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
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan White

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 ...
21st August 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Kurt Festinger

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
J.R.R. Tolkien to E. Rasdall

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...
31 December 1964
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ingeborg Korff

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 ...


19 January 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Unnamed (EXAMPLE OF A STOCK-REPLY)

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...
11 February 1965
Edith Tolkien to Sterling Lanier

Edith thanks Sterling Lanier, who had mailed five of his figurines to Professor Tolkien. Tolkien likes some of them, especially the Dwarf.
11 May 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Agatha Carew Hunt

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

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...
12 September 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz
 Carpenter #276

Tolkien writes about The Silmarillion, the Númenórean legends, and his friendship with C.S. Lewis. He discusses the formation of the Tolkien Society o...
20 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Wheeler

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...
28 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to P.M. Cowan

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...
3 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Lancashire

A 1965 Stock Letter and an apology from Tolkien for not having time for a longer answer.
9 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Christine Jones

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

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 William McCullam

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...


7 January 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Shaw

Tolkien writes making mention of the suggestion that The Lord of the Rings landscape is based on Iceland. Tolkien says that he has never been there, tho...
7 January 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Benjamin P. Indick
 Carpenter #283

An example of a stock reply to readers.
10 January 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Timothy J. Wheeler

Tolkien writes to Timothy Wheeler thanking him for his good wishes. This letter, and others to Wheeler were presented at
12 January 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to David Hicks

Tolkien thanks David Hicks for his birthday greetings and says he is writing more about the world of The Lord of the Rings, when he has the time. He ret...
12 April 1966
Tolkien's Secretary to Sergeant [James] Ridolfo

Secretarial letter to Sergeant Ridolfo thanking him for his kind words about reading and enjoying Tolkiens books.
27 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to A. E. Couchman
 Carpenter #286

The following is one of many short replies that Tolkien wrote at this period of his life to readers who asked questions about his books. Its characteris...
6 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr Snapp

Tolkien is pleased that Yale undergraduates like his work.
10 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
 Carpenter #287

Tolkien’s telephone number was still in the Oxford directory, and he was sometimes bothered by calls from ‘fans’. A harsh critique of a particular...
11 May 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Walker

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
J.R.R. Tolkien to Philip Horowitz

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...
1 June 1966
Tolkien's Secretary to Mr [Royston F.] Porthouse

Secretarial letter to Mr Porthouse wirth mention that Tolkiens next book will be The Silmarillion.
29 July 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Max Rouslin

Tolkien offers advice on finding first editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
17 October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Class II G (of Acocks Green, Primary School)

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. ...
8 December 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Marsh

Tolkien writes to James S. Marsh and sends him three copies of his autograph to stick in his books.
29 December 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to James S. Marsh

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