Aguttes has an important auction coming up on May 26th titled Autographs and Manuscripts. One lot (#202) contains six very important letters from J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayers, talking about The Lord of the Rings.

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The letters are variously signed "Ronald Tolkien", "Tollers" or JRRT. Most are handwritten and come from his home at 76 Sandfield Road, Hedington, Oxford. The letters are dated
  • April 28, 1953 - Tolkien was in a sorry state, sent Sayer's essay to GA&U who's advertising department will use it... (Chronology p. 421)
  • June 24, 1953 - typed letter. Interested in getting a recording device similar to the one George used... (Chronology p. 423)
  • April 25, 1957 - Would be delighted to have lunch with Sayer... (Not noted in Chronology)
  • April 6, 1962 - Apologies, Edith took a fall, could send tape reels for Sayer to critique... (Chronology p. 621)
  • March 11, 1966 - Wants to send Sayer a deluxe boxed set in thanks. Ace books controversy. Invites Sayer to Tolkien's Golden Anniversary celebration, Donald Swann will perform... (Chronology p. 692)
  • March 21, 1966 - Explanations of the revised edition of The Lord of the Rings. Again thanking George for his support to get it published... (Chronology p. 693)

Lot 202 - Six signed letters

Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 EUR

Chronology page references - The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology, Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, HarperCollins, 2017.