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Letter to Elsie Honeybourne (18 September 1967)

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Elsie Honeybourne 1967 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Elsie Honeybourne, written on 18 September 1967.[1]

  • Publication: None.
  • Description: One page both sides (hand-written), 5.5 x 7, personal letterhead.[2]


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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  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, "Addenda and Corrigenda to The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology" at (accessed 22 October 2011)
  2. Item 555 - J.R.R. Tolkien Catalog 324 (Aug 2007) at RR Auction (accessed 22 October 2011)