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===1900s===
 
===1900s===
 
*[[Father Francis Morgan 8 August 1904|8 August 1904, to Father Francis Morgan]]
 
*[[Father Francis Morgan 8 August 1904|8 August 1904, to Father Francis Morgan]]
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===1910s===
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*[[War Office 2 January 1917|2 January 1917, to the War Office]]
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===1920s===
 
===1920s===
 
*[[Joseph Wright 26 January 1925|26 January 1925, to Joseph Wright]]
 
*[[Joseph Wright 26 January 1925|26 January 1925, to Joseph Wright]]
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*[[G.H. Cowling 23 December 1934|23 December 1934, to G.H. Cowling]]
 
*[[G.H. Cowling 23 December 1934|23 December 1934, to G.H. Cowling]]
 
*[[Aurelius Pompen 27 September 1936|27 September 1936, to Aurelius Pompen]]
 
*[[Aurelius Pompen 27 September 1936|27 September 1936, to Aurelius Pompen]]
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*[[Charles Furth 25 April 1937|25 April 1937, to Charles Furth]]
 
*[[George Allen and Unwin 7 September 1937|7 September 1937, to George Allen & Unwin]]
 
*[[George Allen and Unwin 7 September 1937|7 September 1937, to George Allen & Unwin]]
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*[[Simonne d'Ardenne 21 September 1937|21 September 1937, to Simonne d'Ardenne]]
 
*[[Jane Neave 22 September 1937|22 September 1937, to Jane Neave]]
 
*[[Jane Neave 22 September 1937|22 September 1937, to Jane Neave]]
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*[[G.E. Selby 14-15 December 1937|14-15 December 1937, to G.E. Selby]]
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*[[Arthur Ransome 15 December 1937|15 December 1937, to Arthur Ransome]]
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*[[Charles Furth 19 December 1937|19 December 1937, to Charles Furth]] ([[Letter 20]])
 
*[[Kenneth Sisam 28 May 1938|28 May 1938, to Kenneth Sisam]]
 
*[[Kenneth Sisam 28 May 1938|28 May 1938, to Kenneth Sisam]]
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*[[Miss Kilbride 24 December 1938|24 December 1938, to Miss Kilbride]].
  
 
===1940s===
 
===1940s===
 
*[[Leila Keene and Pat Kirke 3 August 1943|3 August 1943, to Leila Keene and Pat Kirke]]
 
*[[Leila Keene and Pat Kirke 3 August 1943|3 August 1943, to Leila Keene and Pat Kirke]]
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*[[G.E. Selby 19 September 1944|19 September 1944, to G.E. Selby]]
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*[[The Name Coventry|10-11 February 1945, to the ''Catholic Herald'' ("The Name Coventry")]]
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*[[Maegraith 2 June 1945|2 June 1945, to Maegraith]]
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*[[G.E. Selby 7 July 1946|7 July 1946, to G.E. Selby]]
 
*[[Przemyslaw Mroczkowski 2 August 1946|2 August 1946, to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski]]
 
*[[Przemyslaw Mroczkowski 2 August 1946|2 August 1946, to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski]]
 
*[[A.W. Riddle 10 January 1947‎|10 January 1947, to A.W. Riddle]]
 
*[[A.W. Riddle 10 January 1947‎|10 January 1947, to A.W. Riddle]]
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*[[Milton Waldman 1951|1951, to Milton Waldman]]
 
*[[Milton Waldman 1951|1951, to Milton Waldman]]
 
*[[Iona and Peter Opie 25 November 1951|25 November 1951, to Iona and Peter Opie]]
 
*[[Iona and Peter Opie 25 November 1951|25 November 1951, to Iona and Peter Opie]]
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*[[George Sayer 24 June 1953|24 June 1953, to George Sayer]]
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*[[Ronald Eames 15 August 1953|15 August 1953, to Ronald Eames]]
 
*[[Rayner Unwin 28 December 1953|28 December 1953, to Rayner Unwin]]
 
*[[Rayner Unwin 28 December 1953|28 December 1953, to Rayner Unwin]]
 
*[[Liège University 29 January 1954|29 January 1954, to the Liège University]]
 
*[[Liège University 29 January 1954|29 January 1954, to the Liège University]]
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*[[Robert Burchfield 6 November 1954|6 November 1954, to Robert Burchfield]]
 
*[[Robert Burchfield 6 November 1954|6 November 1954, to Robert Burchfield]]
 
*1955, to Mr David Masson<ref name=PEMasson>{{PE|17}}, p. 40</ref>
 
*1955, to Mr David Masson<ref name=PEMasson>{{PE|17}}, p. 40</ref>
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*1955, to August Closs (two letters)<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cats/31/5731.htm|articlename=London University: Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies: Closs/Priebsch Family Papers|dated=|website=[http://www.aim25.ac.uk/index.stm Archives in London and the M25 area]|accessed=19 July 2012}}</ref>
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*[[G.E. Selby c. 1955/6|c. 1955/6, to G.E. Selby]]
 
*[[Derrick Parnum 2 March 1955|2 March 1955, to Mr Derrick Parnum]]
 
*[[Derrick Parnum 2 March 1955|2 March 1955, to Mr Derrick Parnum]]
 
*[[Miss Turnbull 2 May 1955|2 May 1955, to Miss Turnbull]]
 
*[[Miss Turnbull 2 May 1955|2 May 1955, to Miss Turnbull]]
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*[[? 1956|1956, to unknown fan]]
 
*[[? 1956|1956, to unknown fan]]
 
*[[Mr Polet 1 January 1956|1 January 1956, to Mr Polet]]
 
*[[Mr Polet 1 January 1956|1 January 1956, to Mr Polet]]
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*[[Patricia Kirke 28 March 1956|28 March 1956, to Patricia Kirke]]
 
*[[Deirdre Levinson 28 April 1956|28 April 1956, to Deirdre Levinson]]
 
*[[Deirdre Levinson 28 April 1956|28 April 1956, to Deirdre Levinson]]
 
*[[Terence Tiller 19 September 1956|19 September 1956, to Terence Tiller]]
 
*[[Terence Tiller 19 September 1956|19 September 1956, to Terence Tiller]]
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*[[Rhona Beare 8 June 1961|8 June 1961, to Rhona Beare]]
 
*[[Rhona Beare 8 June 1961|8 June 1961, to Rhona Beare]]
 
*[[Paul Barnetson 13 November 1961|13 November 1961, to Paul Barnetson]]
 
*[[Paul Barnetson 13 November 1961|13 November 1961, to Paul Barnetson]]
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*[[Miss Perry 29 December 1961|29 December 1961, to Miss Perry]]
 
*[[Cor Blok 1 February 1962|1 February 1962, to Cor Blok]]
 
*[[Cor Blok 1 February 1962|1 February 1962, to Cor Blok]]
 
*[[H. Cotton Minchin 14 November 1962|14 November 1962, to Captain H. Cotton Minchin]]
 
*[[H. Cotton Minchin 14 November 1962|14 November 1962, to Captain H. Cotton Minchin]]
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*[[Ingeborg Korff 31 December 1964|31 December 1964, to Miss Ingeborg Korff]]
 
*[[Ingeborg Korff 31 December 1964|31 December 1964, to Miss Ingeborg Korff]]
 
*[[Joan O. Falconer 196?|Late 1964 or early 1965, to Joan O. Falconer]]
 
*[[Joan O. Falconer 196?|Late 1964 or early 1965, to Joan O. Falconer]]
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*[[? 28 May 1965|28 May 1965, to unknown reader]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 6 January 1965|6 January 1965, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 6 January 1965|6 January 1965, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 16 September 1965|16 September 1965, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 16 September 1965|16 September 1965, to Michael George Tolkien]]
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*[[Agatha Carew Hunt 4 October 1965|4 October 1965, to Agatha Carew Hunt]]
 
*[[Timothy J. Wheeler 20 October 1965|20 October 1965, to Timothy J. Wheeler]]
 
*[[Timothy J. Wheeler 20 October 1965|20 October 1965, to Timothy J. Wheeler]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 30 October 1965|30 October 1965, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 30 October 1965|30 October 1965, to Michael George Tolkien]]
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*[[George Sayer 21 March 1966|21 March 1966, to George Sayer]]
 
*[[George Sayer 21 March 1966|21 March 1966, to George Sayer]]
 
*[[Roger Verhulst 8 April 1966|8 April 1966, to Roger Verhulst]]
 
*[[Roger Verhulst 8 April 1966|8 April 1966, to Roger Verhulst]]
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*[[Mother Mary Anthony 12 April 1966|12 April 1966, to Mother Mary Anthony]]
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*[[James Ridolfo 12 April 1966|12 April 1966, to James Ridolfo]]
 
*[[Roger Verhulst 3 May 1966|3 May 1966, to Roger Verhulst]]
 
*[[Roger Verhulst 3 May 1966|3 May 1966, to Roger Verhulst]]
 
*[[Martin M. Snapp 6 May 1966|6 May 1966, to Martin M. Snapp, Jr.]]
 
*[[Martin M. Snapp 6 May 1966|6 May 1966, to Martin M. Snapp, Jr.]]
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*[[Max Rouslin 29 July 1966|29 July 1966, to Max Rouslin]]
 
*[[Max Rouslin 29 July 1966|29 July 1966, to Max Rouslin]]
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 11 October 1966|11 October 1966, to Clyde S. Kilby]]
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 11 October 1966|11 October 1966, to Clyde S. Kilby]]
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*[[Kenneth I. Rasmussen, Jr. 12 October 1966|12 October 1966, to Kenneth I. Rasmussen, Jr.]]
 
*[[Primary School in Acocks Green 17 October 1966|17 October 1966, to a Primary School in Acocks Green]]
 
*[[Primary School in Acocks Green 17 October 1966|17 October 1966, to a Primary School in Acocks Green]]
 
*[[Gene Wolfe 7 November 1966|7 November 1966, to Gene Wolfe]]
 
*[[Gene Wolfe 7 November 1966|7 November 1966, to Gene Wolfe]]
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*[[Evelyn B. Byrne 1967-70|c. 1967-70, to Evelyn B. Byrne]]
 
*[[Evelyn B. Byrne 1967-70|c. 1967-70, to Evelyn B. Byrne]]
 
*[[Otto B. Lindhardt 2 January 1967|2 January 1967, to Otto B. Lindhardt]]
 
*[[Otto B. Lindhardt 2 January 1967|2 January 1967, to Otto B. Lindhardt]]
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*[[Joy Hill 5 January 1967|5 January 1967, to Joy Hill]]
 
*[[C.N. Manlove 8 February 1967|8 February 1967, to C.N. Manlove]]
 
*[[C.N. Manlove 8 February 1967|8 February 1967, to C.N. Manlove]]
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*[[Hans-Jörg Modlmayr 1 March 1967|1 March 1967, to Hans-Jörg Modlmayr]]
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*[[Hans-Jörg Modlmayr 16 March 1967|16 March 1967, to Hans-Jörg Modlmayr]]
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*[[Humphrey Carpenter 21 March 1967|21 March 1967, to Humphrey Carpenter]]
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*[[J.D. Gilbert 17 April 1967|17 April 1967, to J.D. Gilbert]]
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*[[John Leyerle 28 April 1967|28 April 1967, to John Leyerle]]
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*[[Oscar Morland 9 May 1967|9 May 1967, to Oscar Morland]]
 
*[[Mr Joukes 28 August 1967|28 August 1967, to Mr Joukes]]
 
*[[Mr Joukes 28 August 1967|28 August 1967, to Mr Joukes]]
 
*[[Elsie Honeybourne 18 September 1967|18 September 1967, to Elsie Honeybourne]]
 
*[[Elsie Honeybourne 18 September 1967|18 September 1967, to Elsie Honeybourne]]
 
*[[Roger Verhulst 4 December 1967|4 December 1967, to Roger Verhulst]]
 
*[[Roger Verhulst 4 December 1967|4 December 1967, to Roger Verhulst]]
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*[[Hans-Jörg Modlmayr 7 December 1967|7 December 1967, to Hans-Jörg Modlmayr]]
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*[[Rosfrith Murray 14 December 1967|14 December 1967, to Rosfrith Murray]]
 
*[[Elsie Honeybourne 21 December 1967|21 December 1967, to Elsie Honeybourne]]
 
*[[Elsie Honeybourne 21 December 1967|21 December 1967, to Elsie Honeybourne]]
 
*1968, to Mr David Masson<ref name=PEMasson/>
 
*1968, to Mr David Masson<ref name=PEMasson/>
*[[Humphrey Carpenter 29 January 1968|29 January 1968, to Humphrey Carpenter]]
 
 
*[[Ken Jackson 29 January 1968|29 January 1968, to Ken Jackson]]
 
*[[Ken Jackson 29 January 1968|29 January 1968, to Ken Jackson]]
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*[[Mary Fairburn May 1968|May 1968, to Mary Fairburn]]
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 4 June 1968|4 June 1968, to Clyde S. Kilby]]
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 4 June 1968|4 June 1968, to Clyde S. Kilby]]
 
*[[Ingrid Pridgeon August 1968|August 1968, to Ingrid Pridgeon]]
 
*[[Ingrid Pridgeon August 1968|August 1968, to Ingrid Pridgeon]]
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*[[Mary Fairburn 4 September 1968|4 September 1968, to Mary Fairburn]]
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*[[Billy Callahan 29 September 1968|29 September 1968, to Billy Callahan]]
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*[[Mary Fairburn 10 October 1968|10 October 1968, to Mary Fairburn]]
 
*[[Niall Hoskin 16 October 1968|16 October 1968, to Niall Hoskin]]
 
*[[Niall Hoskin 16 October 1968|16 October 1968, to Niall Hoskin]]
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*[[Mary Fairburn 4 November 1968|4 November 1968, to Mary Fairburn]]
 
*[[Amy Ronald 20 March 1969|20 March 1969, to Amy Ronald]]
 
*[[Amy Ronald 20 March 1969|20 March 1969, to Amy Ronald]]
 
*[[Mrs Mroczkowska 10 April 1969|10 April 1969, to Mrs Mroczkowska]]
 
*[[Mrs Mroczkowska 10 April 1969|10 April 1969, to Mrs Mroczkowska]]
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*[[Michael George Tolkien 7 January 1970|7 January 1970, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 7 January 1970|7 January 1970, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Tom Shippey ?12 April 1970|?12 April 1970, to Tom Shippey]]
 
*[[Tom Shippey ?12 April 1970|?12 April 1970, to Tom Shippey]]
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*[[Letter 316|11 September 1970, to Robert Burchfield]], (largest part published as [[Letter 316]])
 
*[[W.A.R. Hadley 14 December 1970|14 December 1970 to W.A.R. Hadley]]
 
*[[W.A.R. Hadley 14 December 1970|14 December 1970 to W.A.R. Hadley]]
 
*[[Hilary Tolkien 1971|1971, to Hilary Tolkien]]
 
*[[Hilary Tolkien 1971|1971, to Hilary Tolkien]]
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*[[Michael George Tolkien 30 January 1972|30 January 1972, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Michael George Tolkien 30 January 1972|30 January 1972, to Michael George Tolkien]]
 
*[[Vera Chapman and the Tolkien Society 6 February 1972|6 February 1972, to Vera Chapman and the Tolkien Society]]
 
*[[Vera Chapman and the Tolkien Society 6 February 1972|6 February 1972, to Vera Chapman and the Tolkien Society]]
*[[Patrick Browne May 23 1972|23 May 1972, to sir Patrick Browne]]
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*[[Eva Heilborn 19 April 1972|19 April 1972, to Eva Heilborn]] (''per procurationem'')
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*[[Letter 336|23 May 1972, to Sir Patrick Browne]] (letter 336)
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*[[Robert Burchfield 11 June 1972|11 June 1972, to Robert Burchfield]]
 
*[[Rayner Unwin 12 October 1972|12 October 1972, to Rayner Unwin]]
 
*[[Rayner Unwin 12 October 1972|12 October 1972, to Rayner Unwin]]
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*[[N.J. Kyle 17 January 1973|17 January 1973, to N.J. Kyle]] (''per procurationem'')
 
*[[Patrick Hunt 25 January 1973|25 January 1973, to Patrick Hunt]]
 
*[[Patrick Hunt 25 January 1973|25 January 1973, to Patrick Hunt]]
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 8 March 1973|8 March 1973, to Clyde S. Kilby]]
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 8 March 1973|8 March 1973, to Clyde S. Kilby]]
 
*[[Dr. Denis Tolhurst 20 April 1973|20 April 1973, to Dr. Denis Tolhurst]]
 
*[[Dr. Denis Tolhurst 20 April 1973|20 April 1973, to Dr. Denis Tolhurst]]
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*[[John Higgins 20 April 1973|20 April 1973, to John Higgins]]
 
*[[Philip Brown 30 May 1973|30 May 1973, to Philip Brown]]
 
*[[Philip Brown 30 May 1973|30 May 1973, to Philip Brown]]
 
*[[James A.H. Murray 5 June 1973|5 June 1973, to James A.H. Murray]]
 
*[[James A.H. Murray 5 June 1973|5 June 1973, to James A.H. Murray]]
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*[[Elena Jeronimides 14 June 1973|14 June 1973, to Elena Jeronimides]]
 
*[[Norman Power 8 July 1973|8 July 1973, to Canon Norman Power]]
 
*[[Norman Power 8 July 1973|8 July 1973, to Canon Norman Power]]
  
 
===Unknown year===
 
===Unknown year===
 
*[[Simonne d'Ardenne 19??|19?? to Simonne d'Ardenne]]
 
*[[Simonne d'Ardenne 19??|19?? to Simonne d'Ardenne]]
*[[Bruce Mitchell 19??|19?? to Bruce Mitchell]]
 
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 19??|19?? to Clyde S. Kilby]]
 
*[[Clyde S. Kilby 19??|19?? to Clyde S. Kilby]]
 
*[[Richard Lupoff 19??|19?? to Richard Lupoff]]
 
*[[Richard Lupoff 19??|19?? to Richard Lupoff]]
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*[[Bruce Mitchell 19??|19?? to Bruce Mitchell]]
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*[[Christopher Tolkien 19??|19?? to Christopher Tolkien]]
 
*19?? to an unknown reader (draft; topic: [[Sindarin]] and [[Quenya]])<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 127</ref>
 
*19?? to an unknown reader (draft; topic: [[Sindarin]] and [[Quenya]])<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 127</ref>
  
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{{blockquote|Correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and R.W. Burchfield, 1953-72. / '''Shelfmark:''' MS. Eng. c. 7284, fols. 1-16. / '''Extent:''' 16 leaves. / Comprises ten manuscript, and typescript letters, and one copy letter from Tolkien to Burchfield, relating to Burchfield's attendance at tutorials, his search for housing in Oxford, his application for funding for his research, his search for an academic post, his congratulations on the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, an extension for his work on 'Ormulum', and Tolkien's edition of Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle, and one letter from Burchfield to Tolkien relating to the printing of Ancrene Wisse. Also a description of the letters by Elizabeth Burchfield, widow of R.W. Burchfield. / '''Acquisition:''' Bequest of R.W. Burchfield, per Elizabeth Burchfield, Dec. 2004.}}
 
{{blockquote|Correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and R.W. Burchfield, 1953-72. / '''Shelfmark:''' MS. Eng. c. 7284, fols. 1-16. / '''Extent:''' 16 leaves. / Comprises ten manuscript, and typescript letters, and one copy letter from Tolkien to Burchfield, relating to Burchfield's attendance at tutorials, his search for housing in Oxford, his application for funding for his research, his search for an academic post, his congratulations on the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, an extension for his work on 'Ormulum', and Tolkien's edition of Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle, and one letter from Burchfield to Tolkien relating to the printing of Ancrene Wisse. Also a description of the letters by Elizabeth Burchfield, widow of R.W. Burchfield. / '''Acquisition:''' Bequest of R.W. Burchfield, per Elizabeth Burchfield, Dec. 2004.}}
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===Correspondence between Tolkien and Sterling E. Lanier===
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In an article in [[Locus 149|''Locus'' #149]] ([[1973]]), the science fiction author [[Wikipedia:Sterling E. Lanier|Sterling E. Lanier]] mentions his correspondence with Tolkien, consisting of a "dozen or so" letters. [[John D. Rateliff]] has provided the following quote from Lanier's article:<ref>{{webcite|author=[[John D. Rateliff]]|articleurl=http://sacnoths.blogspot.se/2012/07/new-arrivals-2nd-of-2.html|articlename=The New Arrivals (2nd of 2)|dated=8 July 2012|website=[http://sacnoths.blogspot.com/ Sacnoth's Scriptorium]|accessed=9 July 2012}}</ref>
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{{blockquote|His last great legacy to the world, the ''Silmarillion'', has been saved. He wrote me years ago, that it was done in verse! He seemed puzzled in a mild way, that at the time, no publisher seemed interested in it. I recall asking what he was doing for a comic or light element, since no Hobbits existed this early. He agreed this was a problem, but felt it could be solved. I can't wait."}}
  
 
===Letters to The Society===
 
===Letters to The Society===
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===Letters to the Hogans===
 
===Letters to the Hogans===
  
In an article in ''The Irish Times'' (in anticipation of the publication of the Irish translation of ''The Hobbit''), Dr. Tom Hogan mentions that Tolkien:
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In the article "Tolkien's time in 'Erin'" (in anticipation of the publication of the Irish translation of ''The Hobbit''), published in ''The Irish Times'' on  17 March 2012, Dr. Tom Hogan mentions that Tolkien:
  
 
{{blockquote|stayed many times in our house on visits to Ireland. These visits started in the 1950s. He came to Ireland for a couple of weeks each year acting as an external examiner of English in UCD. He worked alongside my late father Jeremiah who was professor of English there at the time. A number of letters from Tolkien to us are in my possession.}}
 
{{blockquote|stayed many times in our house on visits to Ireland. These visits started in the 1950s. He came to Ireland for a couple of weeks each year acting as an external examiner of English in UCD. He worked alongside my late father Jeremiah who was professor of English there at the time. A number of letters from Tolkien to us are in my possession.}}
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*[[Dr. Higgins 19??|19?? to Dr. Higgins]]
 
*[[Dr. Higgins 19??|19?? to Dr. Higgins]]
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== See also ==
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*[[:Category:Images of letters by J.R.R. Tolkien|Images of letters by J.R.R. Tolkien]]
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==

Revision as of 09:50, 9 February 2013

The name Letters refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Letters (disambiguation).

The The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien is a large collection of letters of Tolkien, but it is far from complete. Below are some letters that did not make it into the collection, or only partially.

Contents

Individual letters

1900s

1910s

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

Unknown year

Unexposed collections and rumours

Wheelbarrows at Dawn

Similarly to what was done in the Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien, glimpses of the correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and his brother Hilary were supposed to be published in late 2010 in Wheelbarrows at Dawn: Memories of Hilary Tolkien. However, the publication of the latter book was cancelled, and the letters remain unpublished (as of November 2010).

Correspondence between Tolkien and R.W. Burchfield

During the years 1953-72, Tolkien corresponded with R.W. Burchfield. The collection of letters is kept at the Bodleian Library:[4]

Correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and R.W. Burchfield, 1953-72. / Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7284, fols. 1-16. / Extent: 16 leaves. / Comprises ten manuscript, and typescript letters, and one copy letter from Tolkien to Burchfield, relating to Burchfield's attendance at tutorials, his search for housing in Oxford, his application for funding for his research, his search for an academic post, his congratulations on the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, an extension for his work on 'Ormulum', and Tolkien's edition of Ancrene Wisse: The English Text of the Ancrene Riwle, and one letter from Burchfield to Tolkien relating to the printing of Ancrene Wisse. Also a description of the letters by Elizabeth Burchfield, widow of R.W. Burchfield. / Acquisition: Bequest of R.W. Burchfield, per Elizabeth Burchfield, Dec. 2004.

Correspondence between Tolkien and Sterling E. Lanier

In an article in Locus #149 (1973), the science fiction author Sterling E. Lanier mentions his correspondence with Tolkien, consisting of a "dozen or so" letters. John D. Rateliff has provided the following quote from Lanier's article:[5]

His last great legacy to the world, the Silmarillion, has been saved. He wrote me years ago, that it was done in verse! He seemed puzzled in a mild way, that at the time, no publisher seemed interested in it. I recall asking what he was doing for a comic or light element, since no Hobbits existed this early. He agreed this was a problem, but felt it could be solved. I can't wait."

Letters to The Society

A collection of Tolkien's letters to The Society is kept at the Bodleian Library.[6]

Letters to Simonne d'Ardenne

John and Priscilla Tolkien mention briefly in The Tolkien Family Album that Simonne d'Ardenne: "was especially close to Priscilla, up until her death in 1986. She entrusted to Priscilla a great bundle of letters she had received from J.R.R.T. over a period of forty years." (p.68). This large collection of letters seems never to have reached a publication.

Letters to the Hogans

In the article "Tolkien's time in 'Erin'" (in anticipation of the publication of the Irish translation of The Hobbit), published in The Irish Times on 17 March 2012, Dr. Tom Hogan mentions that Tolkien:

stayed many times in our house on visits to Ireland. These visits started in the 1950s. He came to Ireland for a couple of weeks each year acting as an external examiner of English in UCD. He worked alongside my late father Jeremiah who was professor of English there at the time. A number of letters from Tolkien to us are in my possession.

No dates of individual letters are provided, but Hogan quotes from several letters in the article.[7]

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (expanded edition)

On February 2nd, 2004, TheOneRing.net featured an article on the Tolkien Convention in Brussels. An expanded edition of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien was promised:

"...on the occasion of TFY's presentation on January 19, Marco Respinti and Oronzo Cilli, in the presence of Elisabetta Sgarbi (Editorial Director of Bompiani), spoke of the possibility of a revision of the Italian edition of Tolkien's letters, gathered by his son Christopher and his official biographer, Humprey Carpenter. Bompiani decided to publish a new edition, revised and enlarged, and the Italian Tolkien Society is in contant with an english publisher to have an international version of the book. The volume will be introduced by an essay of Priscilla Tolkien and it will boast contributions by Tolkien experts as Mike Foster, Christopher Garbowski, Brian Rosebury, Andrew McMurry, Paolo Paron, Gianfranco de Turris, Adolfo Morganti, Marco Respinti, Oronzo Cilli, Stefano Giuliano, Jimmy Chavez, Jeroen Van Den Berg, David Beatene and many others. In fact Cilli has managed to obtain from the British Public Record Office the rights to the publication of some documents regarding Tolkien's experience in the First World War. The new edition might include these new documents (never published before in any book) and a short essay on Tolkien and the war."

The Tea Towel Letter

The web site Tolkien Collector's Guide has an article (on a rare tea towel) with a reference from a supposedly unpublished letter. The background is that George Allen and Unwin in 1971 commissioned the towel, featuring a map by Pauline Baynes, on the occasion of a celebration. The author of the article says: "[...] it is clear Tolkien was there, since I read in an (unpublished) letter he himself had received such a teatowel at the 'party' or 'meeting' and was very happy with it."

Hoaxes

The Letters, Part II

Throughout the early issues of Vinyar Tengwar, there was reference to "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien part II", but it was revealed to be a hoax.

Dr. Higgins and possible eBay frauds

The forum of the renowned website Tolkien Collector's Guide contains discussions (in which Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull have taken part) on a circulation on eBay of possible fraud Tolkien letters. Among these are said to be letters adressed to a "Dr. Higgins". Many of these contested letters are typewritten, with a signature by J.R.R. Tolkien in blue ink.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 40
  2. "London University: Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies: Closs/Priebsch Family Papers" , Archives in London and the M25 area (accessed 19 July 2012)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 127
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