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TCG Letter #22 / Carpenter Letter #19


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Stanley Unwin
Date
16 December 1937
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Complete
Regarding Tolkien's next project after The Hobbit. He had previously discussed The Father Christmas Letters with Unwin and passed him manuscript of the 'Quenta Silmarillion' and the 'Gest of Beren and Lúthien'. The latter two works had been returned with commentary from one of Allen & Unwin's readers, Edward Crankshaw – he praised certain aspects of the Silmarillion but criticized its "eye-splitting Celtic names."

In a newly published portion,Letters, 2023[1] Tolkien discusses Arthur Ransome's queries sent to him on 13 Decembersee Letter from Arthur Ransome to J.R.R. Tolkien • 13 December 1937 (#106) and Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Arthur Ransome • 15 December 1937 (#105))[2] he says that to answer these it really needs the Silmarillion to provide answers. He notes that other correspondents have given glowing reports. He says that he is “crushed by Richard Hughes” regarding the illustrations, and notes that he agreed with him. See reference below to read Richard Hughes review of The Hobbit.

Partially reproduced (mostly obscured) in the George Allen & Unwin catalogue, July-December 1981.
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References
A photocopy of this letter was included in a 1987 press packet sent to a Blackwell's executive
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 26-27, p. 435 (Carpenter notes)
J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography, A6, p. 177; Di1, p. 350, Dii43, p. 360; Dii49, pp. 361-2
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 45-8, p. 618 (notas de Carpenter)
The Lord of the Rings: Souvenir Booklet Commemorating Twenty Five Years of Its Publication
Partially reproduced (mostly obscured) in the George Allen & Unwin catalogue, July-December 1981.


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