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(92 letters match)

1967

3 January 1967
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Edith Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#854


Edith writes thanking Pamela Chandler for writing. It is the Professors 75th birthday and he has received many cards, letters, and telegrams. Chandler h...
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.
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...
11 October 1967
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P.M. Jenkinson (Secretary) to Pamela Chandler
#757


Tolkiens secretary Phyllis Jenkinson writes to Pamela about her photos. Edith and her husband are ill and too tired to write immediately and will write ...
25 October 1967
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Edith Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#858


Edith apologises for taking so long to reply but Tolkien has been very ill with a virus. he remains in bed. She remarks that she would like six of the s...
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.
18 November 1967
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Edith Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#859


Edith thanks Pamela for her letter and remarks that she is happy that she is busy and has plenty of work. Tolkien, with much care is feeling much better...
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.
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...
4 December 1967
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst
#746


Tolkien writes to Verhulst appreciatively about C.S. Lewiss Letters to an American Lady, a copy of which Verhulst had sent him.
5 December 1967
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Edith Tolkien to Pamela Chandler
#860


Edith is delighted by the photographs and writes to thank Pamela for them. Tolkien is much better now, but easily becomes tired. Priscilla will be visit...
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.

1968

June 26, 1968
Joy Hill to Colin Smythe
#362


On June 5th, Colin Smythe had replied to Tolkien, saying that he would be delighted to have a poem on Westernesse. This response sent back to Smythe was...
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...
August 12, 1968
Joy Hill to Colin Smythe
#363


Smythe had written back to Tolkien on July 1 saying that he was sorry to hear about Tolkiens accident, and sending along a copy of his latest publicatio...
August 12, 1968
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J.R.R. Tolkien to Joy Hill
#2000


Tolkien writes to his secretary Joy Hill, addressing her as Joy for the first time here, previously using Miss Hill. He is injured and staying at the Ho...
30 August 1968
J.R.R. Tolkien to Alan Klass
#1500
 Carpenter #305a



Tolkien says that between his recent injury and recover, Ediths health problems, and recently moving house, all his papers and other belongs are unorgan...
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...
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...
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 ...
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.

1969

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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

1973

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...
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...
8 March 1973
J.R.R. Tolkien to Clyde S. Kilby
#839
 Carpenter #348a



Tolkien writes to Clyse S. Kilby regarding his health issues. Kilby remarks in his article Woodland Prisoner from SEVEN Vol. 27 that this was the last l...
?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 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...
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...
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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