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Letter 289

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 289
RecipientMichael George Tolkien
Date29 July, 1966

Letter 289 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien explains the origin of the word Mirkwood, and that he did not invent it himself, but took it from an Myrkviðr, a large forest that was traditionally held as the border between the Goths and the Huns.

Only a shorter excerpt of this letter was published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. The bulk of the letter appeared in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion (see Michael George Tolkien 29 July 1966).