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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 219
RecipientAllen & Unwin
Date16 October 1959[1]

Letter 219 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Allen & Unwin received a question from a cat breeder who wanted to name her Siamese cats after characters in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was never a cat person, and considered Siamese cats to belong to the fauna of Mordor.


The letter was wrongly dated 14 October in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 551