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Letter 184

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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
Following the [[The Lord of the Rings (1956 radio series)|1956 radio series]] of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooting Tooting] resident named "Sam Gamgee" wrote to Tolkien. On [[March 18]], [[1956]], Tolkien replied. He explains his own origin of the name [[Gamgee Family|Gamgee]], and mentions the Gamgee family of [[Birmingham]]. In his letter, Gamgee had already shown awareness of his family's name fame in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampson_Gamgee the medical profession]. Tolkien then asks for more information about the name, and offers a signed copy of ''The Lord of the Rings''.
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Following the [[The Lord of the Rings (1956 radio series)|1956 radio series]] of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooting Tooting] resident named "Sam Gamgee" wrote to Tolkien on [[March 13]], [[1956]]. On [[March 18]], Tolkien replied. He explains his own origin of the name [[Gamgee Family|Gamgee]], and mentions the Gamgee family of [[Birmingham]]. In his letter, Gamgee had already shown awareness of his family's name fame in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampson_Gamgee the medical profession]. Tolkien then asks for more information about the name, and offers a signed copy of ''The Lord of the Rings''.
  
 
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==Notes==

Revision as of 19:10, 7 July 2010

Letter 184 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Following the 1956 radio series of The Lord of the Rings, a Tooting resident named "Sam Gamgee" wrote to Tolkien on March 13, 1956. On March 18, Tolkien replied. He explains his own origin of the name Gamgee, and mentions the Gamgee family of Birmingham. In his letter, Gamgee had already shown awareness of his family's name fame in the medical profession. Tolkien then asks for more information about the name, and offers a signed copy of The Lord of the Rings.

Notes

In an editorial note, further correspondence is mentioned. Gamgee wrote back with family information, and accepted the gift kindly. In J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, pages 224-225, this episode is also mentioned. It is followed by: "[l]ater he said: 'For some time I lived in fear of receiving a letter signed S. Gollum. That would have been more difficult to deal with." It is likely that this passage is from the fragment known as Letter 185.