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Letter 242

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 242
RecipientAllen and Unwin
DateNovember 28, 1962
Subject(s)The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Letter 242 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Following the publication of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil six days earlier, two reviews had been published: one by The Times Literary Supplement, and one in The Listener. Both were positive, but Tolkien thinks both reviewers started out not wanting to be amused. He remains puzzled as to why "if a 'professor' shows any knowledge of his professional techniques it must be 'waggery', but if a writer shows, say, knowledge of law or law-courts it is held interesting and creditable."