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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.[note 1] Tolkien encloses both the lists, in the hope that they may one day be required.


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