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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
This fragment of a letter, dated [[February 29]], [[1968]], was sent to [[Donald Swann]]. Tolkien comments on the BBC documentary ''[[Tolkien in Oxford]]'', which would be televised on [[March 30]]. He thinks the whole documentary is a little bit too much, and the BBC must have him confused with his work. He is made to attend a [[fireworks|firework]]-show, something he had not done since he was a child. Fireworks only appear in ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' (chapter ''[[A Long-expected Party]]'') because they represent [[Gandalf]], the keeper of [[Narya|the Ring of Fire]].  
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Tolkien commented on the BBC documentary ''[[Tolkien in Oxford]]'', which would be televised on [[30 March|March 30]]. He thought the whole documentary was a little bit too much, and the BBC must have confused him with his work. He was made to attend a [[fireworks|firework]]-show, something he had not done since he was a child. Fireworks only appeared in ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' (chapter ''[[A Long-expected Party]]'') because they represented [[Gandalf]], the keeper of [[Narya|the Ring of Fire]].
 
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Latest revision as of 23:07, 21 July 2011

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 301
RecipientDonald Swann
Date29 February 1968
Subject(s)Tolkien in Oxford

Letter 301 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Tolkien commented on the BBC documentary Tolkien in Oxford, which would be televised on March 30. He thought the whole documentary was a little bit too much, and the BBC must have confused him with his work. He was made to attend a firework-show, something he had not done since he was a child. Fireworks only appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter A Long-expected Party) because they represented Gandalf, the keeper of the Ring of Fire.