8vo. 1 1/2 pp. Printed 76 Sanfield Road headed paper. With original envelope addressed by Tolkien. To Mrs Frost in Ravello, Italy, thanking her for her kind words regarding Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers. He goes on to describe the delay in the publication of Return of the King, due to his promise of providing a mass of information and appendices: The delay with Vol III has been due to the difficulty of fulfilling (by compression and selection) the rash promises made in the First Volume concerning subsidiary matter". He finishes with a reference to Homer, presumably the letter writer compared his work to the Iliad and Odyssey: I hope you will not be disappointed with the result. Which - if I may dare to accept the high comparisons that you make - is as if Homer had left not only poems, but an extensive commentary on them as well!". A fantastic letter, beautifully written in his characteristic flowing script and signed in full. Seller Inventory # 94451

Letter link: Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Frost • 14 May 1955 (#2239)

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