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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 169
RecipientHugh Bronan
Date11 September 1955
Subject(s)C.S. Lewis, Númenor, Maps

Letter 169 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Hugh Bronan discovered the word "Numinor" in C.S. Lewis' That Hideous Strength, and asked Tolkien about it. Tolkien answers that Lewis may have heard wrong, as the proper spelling is Númenor or Númenóre.

Bronan also asks about the shape of the world in the Third Age; Tolkien never really settled on the shape of his world, as it would affect his history telling.