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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 233
RecipientRayner Unwin
DateNovember 15, 1961
Subject(s)The book of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Letter 233 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien had made a search for poems to accompany "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" for a small book. He had not found much that really went with the Tom Bombadil poem. He was sending Allen and Unwin the poems "Errantry" and "The Man in the Moon",[note 1] but he was doubtful about the rest. However, if they thought them publishable and could get Pauline Baynes to illustrate them he would be delighted.


  1. Whether this was "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late" or "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon" was not specified.