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Letter to Elsie Honeybourne (18 September 1967)

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Elise Honeybourne 1967 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Elise Honeybourne, written on September 18th, 1967.

  • Authenticity: High/Medium
  • Publication: None (R&R Enterprises offered the item in their August auction of 2007).


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Thank you very much indeed for your generous and delightful letter, one of the most warming and comforting that I have received. As I said in the 'Foreword' to the American paperback edition (Ballantine Books), I wrote The Lord of the Rings because I wished 'to try my hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them.' As a guide I had only my own feelings for what is appealing or moving; and it has been a great pleasure (and a surprise) to find that so many other people have similar feelings. But no one has written me a letter more warm, and few have come near it….

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