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Letter 336

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 336
Recipientsir Patrick Browne
DateMay 23, 1972
Subject(s)Fame

Letter 336 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien tells sir Patrick Browne of the price of fame, and his views of being a cult figure: it is not at all pleasant. It makes him feel small and inadequate, though he feels flattered.

Notes

  • The fragment chosen is the second part of the actual letter. The Tolkien Library has a picture of the full letter, and Humphrey Carpenter's correspondence, online.
  • Though the "sir Patrick Browne" is not identified in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, it is quite probably Patrick Browne, a judge, since Tolkien addresses him as such ("Dear judge") in the full copy.