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Letter 23

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 23
RecipientC.A. Furth of Allen & Unwin
DateFebruary 17, 1938
Subject(s)Mr Bliss
The Lord of the Rings

Letter 23 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


The publishers were again considering the publication of Mr Bliss, which had previously languished due to the complexity of the illustrations[note 1], but Tolkien did not feel he had the time to undertake redrawing them.

He lamented that he had not managed to progress past the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings, remarking:

They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited 'first chapters'. I have indeed written many.


  1. Discussed in Letter 10.