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Letter to Ken Jackson (4 January 1968)

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Ken Jackson 4 January 1968 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Ken Jackson, written on 4 January 1968.[1][2]

  • Subject: In 1967, Humphrey Carpenter produced a stage adaptation of The Hobbit. Tolkien provided autographs for the actors but had neglected the technical crew. In response to this situation, Tolkien wrote a letter to the technical director enclosing "some stick-in autographs" and apologises to "the back-room boys of the drama" noting their "necessary, indeed very important, functions". He explains that his eldest son "used to perform the same functions at his school".[2]
  • Descrition: Handwritten, two pages, on blindstamped headed paper.[2]
  • Publication: The letter is described in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 715
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pieter Collier, "JRR Tolkien 2 signed letters 1968 Handwritten & Typed", Tolkien Library (accessed 30 March 2014)