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Tom Bombadil

(41 letters match)

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...
23 February 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin
#604
 Carpenter #229



Tolkien’s commentary on Åke Ohlmarks’ introduction to the Swedish translation of The Lord of the Rings.
4 October 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#606
 Carpenter #231



Tolkien writes to his Aunt Jane about publishing Tom Bombadil.
11 October 1961
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.
2 November 1961
Rayner Unwin to J.R.R. Tolkien
#1071


Rayner suggests that Tolkien include additional poems with Tom Bombadil not just from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
15 November 1961
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#487


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



Allen & Unwin agree to publish The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.
18 November 1961
Rayner Unwin to J.R.R. Tolkien
#1073


Rayner tells Tolkien that he has sent the Tom Bombadil poems to Pauline Baynes to get her thoughts.
22 November 1961
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#609
 Carpenter #234



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


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



Pauline Baynes, who had illustrated Farmer Giles of Ham, had expressed herself willing to provide pictures for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and had b...

1962

12 January 1962
Rayner Unwin to J.R.R. Tolkien
#1075


Rayner Unwin sends Tolkien a specimen page for The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and estimates the book would be a total of 64 pages.
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...
12 April 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#612
 Carpenter #237



Tolkien discusses progress with The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Chronology contains additional material quoted beyond what appears in Letters. The origi...
18 July 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jane Neave
#613
 Carpenter #238



Writing to his aunt, Jane Neave, and in a newly published From the original Letters, 1981. Tolkien had sent Jane a cheque, but she returned it suggestin...
1 August 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Pauline Baynes
#615
 Carpenter #240



Pauline Baynes, who was illustrating The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, pointed out that the typescript of the title poem described Tom as wearing a peacoc...
2 November 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Rayner Unwin
#1478
 Carpenter #241a



Tolkien says that as Rayner knows, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil began, with his Aunt Jane. he asks that a complimentary copy be sent to her and charge...
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...
28 November 1962
J.R.R. Tolkien to Sir Stanley Unwin
#617
 Carpenter #242



The Adventures of Tom Bombadil was published on 22 November. Additional quotes and context appear in Chronology than what is in Letters. The original le...
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