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Letter 336

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


This fragment of a letter, dated May 23, 1972, was written to Sir Patrick Browne. Tolkien tells him of the prize 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.


  • 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 Sir Patrick Browne, a judge, since Tolkien addresses him as such ("Dear judge") in the full copy.