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Wade Center Archives

(113 letters match)

1965

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...
2 July 1965
Donald A. Wollheim to Nan C. Scott
#944


Wollheim tells Scott that he had offered Tolkien a settlement previously, this appears to be an outright lie, one which Tolkien figured out a few weeks ...
15 July 1965
Lovell Thompson to Nan C. Scott
#945


No details of this letter are known but it is almost certainly in regard to the ACE Books edition of The Lord of the Rings. It is held at the Wade.
21 July 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#647
 Carpenter #273



Mrs Scott was a leading campaigner in the battle to keep the pirate edition of The Lord of the Rings out of the American bookshops.
14 September 1965
Rayner Unwin to Nan C. Scott
#946


No details are currently known from this letter. It is held at the Wade.
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...
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.
28 October 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Jocelyn Gibb
#929


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


Tolkien writes saying that while he has read OLoughlins article, he does not have the time to say more on it. A description of the letter was included i...
30 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This letter remains unpublished.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.
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 ...
18 December 1965
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#655
 Carpenter #282



Professor Kilby, of Wheaton College, Illinois, had met Tolkien while visiting Oxford in 1964. He now offered to return to England and help Tolkien in an...

1966

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 ...
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
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#948
 Carpenter #284a



Tolkien informs Scott that Ace Books have been in touch and offered an agreement. He notes that Ace have agreed to not reprint the book once current cop...
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.
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.
12 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Mother Mary Anthony
#747


Writing to Mother Anthony, Tolkien says that the young man Williams at Oxford working at the University Press was almost certainly Charles Williams. He ...
19 April 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Nan C. Scott
#949


Tolkien suggests some days when the Scotts might visit him, as they are currently in London.
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.
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.
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.
26 July 1966
Joy Hill to G.B. Johnson
#939


Hammond and Scull make mention of Joy Hill writing to a professor in London on this date who was preparing a lecture on Tolkien. She has sent him detail...
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.
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.
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.
11 October 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#792
 Carpenter #289b



Mr. and Mrs. Tolkiens Mediterranean cruise. Work on books and manuscripts. Excerpts from the letter have been published in SEVEN, Volume 27 (p. 49). Ano...
7 November 1966
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Gene Wolfe
#485
 Carpenter #290a



Tolkien writes to Gene Wolf about the origin of Orc and Warg
18 November 1966
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#973


Tolkien invites the Swanns on the 20th December. The might be able to borrow the piano at a neighbors house. He writes about melody. It is held at the W...
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.
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.

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
J.R.R. Tolkien to Charles Huttar
#933


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
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.
20 March 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#974
 Carpenter #294b



Tolkien writes to Donald Swann including more material for his project. He thanks Swann for not cursing him. He has had long delays and while trying to ...
21 March 1967
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.
12 April 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#977
 Carpenter #295a



Writing to Donald Swann on the matter of their book, The Road Goes Ever On, Tolkien provides much on the contents of the book, noting that the commentar...
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.
19 June 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#978


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


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
12-13 July 1967
J.R.R. Tolkien to Donald Swann
#979
 Carpenter #295b



Tolkien does not like the calligraphy being made by Samuel Hanks Bryant as filler for blank pages in The Road Goes Ever On. Tolkien objects to Swann usi...
?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.
11 September 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to William Luther White
#671
 Carpenter #298



White had written to Tolkien asking for information regarding the Inklings. Tolkien replies with some brief information from memory. He says that the na...
ca. 3 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#903
 Carpenter #298a



In the Revised edition of Letters, there is brief extract where Tolkien talks about his serious health issues and complains about Joy Hill saying it was...
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

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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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 ...
9 May 1968
Phyllis Jenkinson to George Burke Johnston
#940


Tolkiens secretary acknowledges receipt of Johnstons booklet The Poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien. This letter is held at the Wade.
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...
4 June 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#677
 Carpenter #304



Tolkien writes about his move to the South Coast of England. In a portion that remains unpublished, Tolkien also spends some time complaining about Will...
9 August 1968?
J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Havard
#931


No details of this letter are known. It is held at the Wade.
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