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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
This letter, dated [[December 19]], [[1962]], is written to [[Michael Tolkien]]. J.R.R. Tolkien wshes him a merry Christmas. After his retirement, so the Professor tells, he was short of money, but [[Allen and Unwin|Allen & Unwin]] paid his royalties for the very popular ''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]'' (8,000 copies sold prior to publication) in advance. ''Arcrene wisse'' was in the process of being printed, and ''[[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo|Gawain'' and ''Pearl]]'' were to be, the following year. Tolkien looks forward to working on the legends of [[Númenor]]. Also, a "Festschrift" is in the works, containing a prefatory ode by [[W.H. Auden]], and contributions by 22 Anglists. It was the plan of [[Rayner Unwin]] and [[Norman Davis]] (Tolkien's successor), to commemorate Tolkien's 70th birthday, the following [[January 3]].  
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Tolkien wishes [[Michael Tolkien|Mick]] a merry Christmas. After his retirement, so the Professor tells, he was short of money, but [[Allen and Unwin|Allen & Unwin]] paid his royalties for the very popular ''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]'' (8,000 copies sold prior to publication) in advance. ''[[Arcrene Wisse]]'' was in the process of being printed, and ''[[Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo|Gawain'' and ''Pearl]]'' were to be, the following year. Tolkien looks forward to working on the legends of [[Númenor]]. Also, a "Festschrift" is in the works, containing a prefatory ode by [[W.H. Auden]], and contributions by 22 Anglists. It was the plan of [[Rayner Unwin]] and [[Norman Davis]] (Tolkien's successor), to commemorate Tolkien's 70th birthday, the following [[January 3]].  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
* The translations of ''Gawain'' and ''Pearl'' would not come out until [[1975]].  
 
* The translations of ''Gawain'' and ''Pearl'' would not come out until [[1975]].  
* A "Festschrift" is "[a] tribute or memorial volume filled with essays and articles by admirers [...]"<sup>[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/festschrift]</sup>. The booklet is titled ''English and medieval studies: presented to J.R.R. Tolkien on the occasion of his seventieth birthday'', edited by Norman Davis and [[Charles Leslie Wrenn]] (London: Allen & Unwin, 1962).   
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* The Festschrift is titled ''[[English and Medieval Studies Presented to J.R.R. Tolkien on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday]]'', edited by Norman Davis and [[Charles Leslie Wrenn]] (London: Allen & Unwin, 1962).   
 
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Revision as of 14:34, 31 August 2010

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 243
RecipientMichael Tolkien
DateDecember 19, 1962
Subject(s)Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo

Letter 243 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien wishes Mick a merry Christmas. After his retirement, so the Professor tells, he was short of money, but Allen & Unwin paid his royalties for the very popular The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (8,000 copies sold prior to publication) in advance. Arcrene Wisse was in the process of being printed, and Gawain and Pearl were to be, the following year. Tolkien looks forward to working on the legends of Númenor. Also, a "Festschrift" is in the works, containing a prefatory ode by W.H. Auden, and contributions by 22 Anglists. It was the plan of Rayner Unwin and Norman Davis (Tolkien's successor), to commemorate Tolkien's 70th birthday, the following January 3.

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