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Letter to Agatha Carew Hunt

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Agatha Carew Hunt 4 October 1965 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to the fan Agatha Carew Hunt, sent on 4 October 1965.[1][2]

  • Subject: A stock reply (written by Tolkien's secretary on 11 May) to a letter of appreciation. However, Tolkien discovers the letter on 4 October, and adds a note of apology.
  • Publication: Hammond and Scull published a description of the letter in their The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology (p. 644).


"I am v sorry that this note was not posted until 4/10/65. A change of secretary and a load of work suddenly imposed on me by USA "pirates" is responsible. I have just found this in a pile of neglect, clearing up before going away. Best wishes J.R.R. Tolkien"


  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 644
  2. Pieter Collier, "Something to celebrate: 30 years The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien" dated 21 January 2011, Tolkien Library (accessed 17 July 2012)