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Letter 173

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 173
RecipientKatherine Farrer
DateOctober 24, 1955
Subject(s)The Return of the King, publication

Letter 173 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien told of the publishing of The Return of the King on October 20 and the O'Donnell lecture on October 21. Tolkien was well pleased with the reception, but did not think it would cause a new trend in literature.[1] He was pleased with the published The Return of the King, but felt it incomplete if there was nothing on Samwise and Elanor.[2]

Notes

  1. We can now safely say he did...
  2. He was probably referring to The Epilogue, as published in Sauron Defeated. It was going to be included, but was considered too anti-climactic.