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Letter to Eileen Elgar (24 December 1971)

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Eileen Elgar 24 December 1971 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Eileen Elgar, written on December 24, 1971.

  • Contents: Tolkien writes about the death of Edith. He also writes that he thinks Pauline Bayne's Hobbit poster map is better than A Map of Middle-earth; he is glad Elgar liked the Narnia books, although he himself is not fond of them; and he discusses the naming of pets after Hobbits (commenting that Hilary has a dog which is called Bilbo when being good, and Baggins when being bad).[1]
  • Authenticity: High
  • Publication: Sotheby's English Literature and English History 6-7 December 1984.


"[Edith] was my Lúthien Tinúviel, with her river [sic? as transcribed, for "raven"] hair and fair face and bright starry eyes"


  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology, p. 758