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Letter 22

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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.


This letter, dated February 4, 1938, was addressed to C.A. Furth of Allen & Unwin. Tolkien encloses a copy of A Long-expected Party, the first chapter of the The Lord of the Rings (presumably for review by Rayner Unwin).

He also mentions 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. Tolkien encloses both the lists, in the hope that they may one day be required.


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