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| to=C.A. Furth of [[Allen and Unwin|Allen & Unwin]]
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| date=[[4 February]] [[1938]]
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| subject=''[[The Hobbit]]''<br>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''
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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
This letter, dated [[February 4]], [[1938]], was addressed to C.A. Furth of [[Allen and Unwin|Allen & Unwin]]. Tolkien enclosed the first version of ''[[A Long-expected Party]]'', the first chapter of the "[[The Lord of the Rings|sequel]]" to ''[[The Hobbit]]''. He also mentions receiving a letter by a boy from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston%2C_Lincolnshire Boston, Lincs], with a list of ''errata'' (mistakes). [[Christopher Tolkien|Christopher]], who was in bed with a bad heart, was offered two pennies for every mistake he managed to find on top of that list. Tolkien encloses both the lists, in the hope that they may be required one day.
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Tolkien enclosed a copy of ''[[A Long-expected Party]]'', the first chapter of the ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' (presumably for [[Letter 21|review by Rayner Unwin]]).  
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[[Image:C.A. Furth 4 February 1938.png|thumb|left]]
This may be considered Christopher Tolkien's first documented "study" of his father's works.
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He also mentioned receiving a letter from a young reader with a list of ''errata'' to ''[[The Hobbit]]''. Subsequently he tasked his youngest son [[Christopher Tolkien|Christopher]], who was ill at the time, with finding any more, paying him twopence per mistake.<ref group="note">This may be considered Christopher Tolkien's first documented 'study' of his father's works.</ref> Tolkien encloseed both the lists, in the hope that they may one day be required.
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Revision as of 10:33, 6 April 2012

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 22
RecipientC.A. Furth of Allen & Unwin
Date4 February 1938
Subject(s)The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings

Letter 22 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien enclosed a copy of A Long-expected Party, the first chapter of the The Lord of the Rings (presumably for review by Rayner Unwin).

C.A. Furth 4 February 1938.png

He also mentioned receiving a letter from a young reader with a list of errata to The Hobbit. Subsequently he tasked his youngest son Christopher, who was ill at the time, with finding any more, paying him twopence per mistake.[note 1] Tolkien encloseed both the lists, in the hope that they may one day be required.

Notes

  1. This may be considered Christopher Tolkien's first documented 'study' of his father's works.