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'''Gene Wolfe 7 November 1966''' is a [[The Unpublished Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to [[Gene Wolfe]], written on [[November 7]], [[1966]].
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'''Gene Wolfe 7 November 1966''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to [[Gene Wolfe]], written on [[7 November|November 7]], [[1966]].<ref>Cf. [[Douglas A. Anderson]] in ''[[The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition]]'', pp. 146-7, note 9</ref><ref>Cf. {{CG|C}}, p. 680</ref>
  
*'''Comment:''' Answer from Tolkien to a fan letter. Gene Wolfe: "The body of his letter is typewritten (I would judge on an electric typewriter) but the footnote is in script. I would like to express my appreciation to [[Douglas A. Anderson]], who is familiar with Tolkien's hand and has very kindly corrected my missreadings of it."
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*'''Comment:''' Answer from Tolkien to a fan letter, discussing the origin of the names ''[[Orcs|orc]]'' and ''[[Wargs|warg]]''. Gene Wolfe: "The body of his letter is typewritten (I would judge on an electric typewriter) but the footnote is in script. I would like to express my appreciation to [[Douglas A. Anderson]], who is familiar with Tolkien's hand and has very kindly corrected my misreadings of it."
*'''Authencity:''' Low
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*'''Publication:''' The essay "The Best Introduction to the Mountains", in which the transcription of the letter is contained, was offered by Mr Wolfe to the anthology ''[[Meditations on Middle-earth]]'', edited by [[Karen Haber]], but was rejected. ''Interzone'' magazine published the essay in December 2001 (in [[Interzone 174|issue 174]]). The essay can also be found on [http://home.clara.net/andywrobertson/wolfemountains.html here (external link)].
*'''Publication:''' The essay ''The Best Introduction to the Mountains'', in which the trancription of the letter is contained, was offered by Mr Wolfe to the anthology ''[[Meditations on Middle-earth]]'', edited by Karen Haber, but was rejected. Interzone magazine published the essay in December 2001. The essay can also be found on [http://home.clara.net/andywrobertson/wolfemountains.html (external link)]
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*'''Archive:''' The letter is held at the collections of the [[Marion E. Wade Center]].<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter/Collections-and-Services/Collection%20Listings/~/media/Files/Centers-and-Institutes/Wade-Center/RR-Docs/Letter%20Collections/JRRT_Papers.pdf|articlename=The J.R.R. Tolkien Papers|dated=|website=[http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter The Marion E. Wade Center]|accessed=6 April 2012}}</ref>
 
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O. Norse varg-r (also = "wolf", espec. of legendary kind)
 
O. Norse varg-r (also = "wolf", espec. of legendary kind)
 
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Gene Wolfe 7 November 1966 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Gene Wolfe, written on November 7, 1966.[1][2]

  • Comment: Answer from Tolkien to a fan letter, discussing the origin of the names orc and warg. Gene Wolfe: "The body of his letter is typewritten (I would judge on an electric typewriter) but the footnote is in script. I would like to express my appreciation to Douglas A. Anderson, who is familiar with Tolkien's hand and has very kindly corrected my misreadings of it."
  • Publication: The essay "The Best Introduction to the Mountains", in which the transcription of the letter is contained, was offered by Mr Wolfe to the anthology Meditations on Middle-earth, edited by Karen Haber, but was rejected. Interzone magazine published the essay in December 2001 (in issue 174). The essay can also be found on here (external link).
  • Archive: The letter is held at the collections of the Marion E. Wade Center.[3]

Transcription

7th November 1966

Dear Mr Wolfe,

Thank you very much for your letter. The etymology of words and names in my story has two sides: (1) their etymology within the story; and (2) the sources from which I, as an author, derive them. I expect you mean the latter. Orc I derived from Anglo-Saxon, a word meaning demon, usually supposed to be derived from the Latin Orcus -- Hell. But I doubt this, though the matter is too involved to set out here. Warg is simple. It is an old word for wolf, which also had the sense of an outlaw or hunted criminal. This is its usual sense in surviving texts.* I adopted the word, which had a good sound for the meaning, as a name for this particular brand of demonic wolf in the story.

Yours sincerely,

J. R. R. Tolkien


*O.E. wearg

O. High German warg--

O. Norse varg-r (also = "wolf", espec. of legendary kind)

References

  1. Cf. Douglas A. Anderson in The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition, pp. 146-7, note 9
  2. Cf. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 680
  3. "The J.R.R. Tolkien Papers" , The Marion E. Wade Center (accessed 06 April 2012)