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Letter to George Sayer (24 June 1953)

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George Sayer 24 June 1953 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to George Sayer, written on 24 June 1953.[1]

  • Subject: Tolkien begins his letter with an apology for it being typed, stating that he is having pain in his hand and typing bothers it less then writing. He then goes into a discussion of news and matters relative to being an important professor at University. The letter further delivers news of family matters typical between such close personal friends. Tolkien also asks of Sayer's advice in regard to his plans to purchase a tape recorder, expressing his hopes that whatever machine he buys will be compatible with Sayer's, so that he could send reels to George "for your criticism, or your use".[2]
  • Publication: A description of the letter was published in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology (p. 401).


  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 401
  2. "Fine and personal typed letter, signed, by J.R.R. Tolkien to his close personal friend George Sayer (Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA (Boston, MA, U.S.A.))", (accessed 20 July 2012)