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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 29
RecipientStanley Unwin
Date25 July, 1938
Subject(s)Nazi Germany, Translations

Letter 29 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien writes to Stanley Unwin concerning a request made by Rütten & Loening Verlag. This German publishing house had enquired about a possible German translation, and asked Tolkien for a Bestätigung, a confirmation that he was Aryan. Tolkien asks Unwin whether they do this for all people of which they want to translate a work, or if its is because of his German sounding name. Though he can provide such confirmation, he refuses to do so.

He has set up two drafts in reply to Rütten & Loening, and asks Unwin for his opinion, as he does not want to close the door on a German translation without Unwin's consent.