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Letter 127

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Letter 127 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

This letter, dated April 14, 1950, was written to Stanley Unwin. Unwin had asked his son Rayner for advice about publishing The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Rayner proposed publishing the former and dropping the latter.

Tolkien becomes angry by the corporate thinking of Unwin and his son, and demands an immediate "yes" or "no" about publishing both books.

Note

This letter marked the beginning of a feud Tolkien had with Allen & Unwin, and several letters later prompted him to write the "Milton Waldman Letter". For more on this episode, see Humphrey Carpenter's J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, part VI 1949-1966: Success, chapter 1, "Slamming the Gates".