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'''Miss Turnbull 19 May 1955''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to a Miss Turnbull in Whitby, Yorkshire. The letter was written on [[May 19]]th, [[1955]].
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'''Miss Turnbull 11 March 1949''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to a Miss R. Turnbull. The letter was written on [[11 March|March 11]]th, [[1949]].
  
*'''Description:''' Octavo, two pages, on one leaf with printed letterhead (76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford). With the original envelope addressed in his hand; folded once across the centre to fit the envelope.<ref>[http://www.treloars.com/ Michael Treloar Antiquarian] (Adelaide, SA, Australia), as of June 25, 2010</ref>
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*'''Description:''' 4 pages, 8vo, printed stationery and autograph envelope ("Merton College, Oxford"), 3 Manor Road, Holywell, Oxford.<ref>''[[Sotheby's English Literature and History 18 July 1991]]''</ref>
*'''Authenticity''': High (included in ''[[The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide]]: Chronology'')
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*'''Authenticity:''' High<ref>{{CG|C}}, p. 346</ref>
*'''Publication:''' None
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*'''Pblication:''' One page of the letter was reproduced in ''[[Sotheby's English Literature and History 18 July 1991]]''. A brief excerpt was published in 1992 in ''Catalogue 16'' of R.A. Gekoski, London. Two and a half of the 3-1/2 pages of the letter, and longer excerpts, were published in 1995 in ''Catalogue Three'' of Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Manchester, New Hampshire.<ref>[http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=1310 Sotheby's catalogue 1991 with Tolkien letter] at [http://www.tolkienguide.com/ Tolkien Collector's Guide] (accessed 1 November 2010)</ref>
  
== Contents (from the bookseller) ==
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== Contents ==
  
Tolkien thanks Miss Turnbull for her 'munificent and magnificent gift' (apparently champagne), apologises profusely for the tardy response [the gift having arrived two days earlier!!!] and discusses what was presumably the cause for celebration - clearing his desk of 'The Return of the King'. 'Though sending off the last items [with a marginal comment 'and at last'] for Vol III might have seemed a suitable occasion for the withdrawing of at least one cork, I have so far refrained; but when I drink I shall remember with a gratitude at least as warm and deep as Old Rory felt for the bottles of Old Winyards. I can only hope Vol III will be up to it!' The literary and cinematic world certainly think it is ..<ref>[http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=245792012&searchurl=kn%3DTolkien%2Bletter%26sortby%3D1%26x%3D0%26y%3D0 AbeBooks.com] as of June 25, 2010. The editors of AbeBooks had failed to include the full description of the letter (which ends abruptly with "a suitable occasion for the wi". However, a private correspondance<!-- by USER:Morgan --> with Michael Treloar Antiquarian revealed the full letter description, as presented above.</ref>
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[[Image:Miss Turnbull 11 March 1949.jpg|thumb]]
  
==See also==
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[Description:] Autograph letter signed, to Miss R. Turnbull, reporting the completion of "The Lord of the Rings", giving a description of his ''magnum opus'', claiming it to be a much-improved sequel to ''The Hobbit'', expressing doubts as to wether it will ever be published and promising to send copies of both ''The Lord of the Rings'' and his recently printed volume, ''Father Giles of Ham'' [sic], when they appear; Tolkien also thanks her for her praise of his work and asks her to arrange for some flowers to be sent to Mother May Michael, a nun who befriended hin [sic] in 1917.
  
*[[Miss Turnbull 11 March 1949]]
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[Excerpt]:
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''I have another short fairy-story coming out soon (the score being Oxfordshire in some period of long ago). But after 12 years of work I have only just completed, and am now having typed the enormous sequel to "The Hobbit". It's about ... [...] times as long as the first, a v. great deal ... [...] (I think), and I wonder if I shall ever see it in print.''
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''However, I will send you a copy both of "Farmer Giles of Ham", and of the Sequel "The Lord of the Rings", when they appear.''
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''I am now going to ask you to do me a favour. I hope it will not seem very odd of me, or bother you very much. I have a very dear old friend, one of the Sisters of Mercy of Hull (who have also a house in Whitby). I have known her since she befriended me in hospital as a lonely soldier in 1917. She is now very old, ... [...] going to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee as a nun (60 years!) on 15 March.''
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==See also==
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*[[Miss Turnbull 2 May 1955]]
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*[[Miss Turnbull 19 May 1955]]
  
 
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Revision as of 23:01, 21 June 2011

Miss Turnbull 11 March 1949 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to a Miss R. Turnbull. The letter was written on March 11th, 1949.

  • Description: 4 pages, 8vo, printed stationery and autograph envelope ("Merton College, Oxford"), 3 Manor Road, Holywell, Oxford.[1]
  • Authenticity: High[2]
  • Pblication: One page of the letter was reproduced in Sotheby's English Literature and History 18 July 1991. A brief excerpt was published in 1992 in Catalogue 16 of R.A. Gekoski, London. Two and a half of the 3-1/2 pages of the letter, and longer excerpts, were published in 1995 in Catalogue Three of Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Manchester, New Hampshire.[3]

Contents

Miss Turnbull 11 March 1949.jpg

[Description:] Autograph letter signed, to Miss R. Turnbull, reporting the completion of "The Lord of the Rings", giving a description of his magnum opus, claiming it to be a much-improved sequel to The Hobbit, expressing doubts as to wether it will ever be published and promising to send copies of both The Lord of the Rings and his recently printed volume, Father Giles of Ham [sic], when they appear; Tolkien also thanks her for her praise of his work and asks her to arrange for some flowers to be sent to Mother May Michael, a nun who befriended hin [sic] in 1917.

[Excerpt]:

I have another short fairy-story coming out soon (the score being Oxfordshire in some period of long ago). But after 12 years of work I have only just completed, and am now having typed the enormous sequel to "The Hobbit". It's about ... [...] times as long as the first, a v. great deal ... [...] (I think), and I wonder if I shall ever see it in print.

However, I will send you a copy both of "Farmer Giles of Ham", and of the Sequel "The Lord of the Rings", when they appear.

I am now going to ask you to do me a favour. I hope it will not seem very odd of me, or bother you very much. I have a very dear old friend, one of the Sisters of Mercy of Hull (who have also a house in Whitby). I have known her since she befriended me in hospital as a lonely soldier in 1917. She is now very old, ... [...] going to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee as a nun (60 years!) on 15 March.

See also

References

  1. Sotheby's English Literature and History 18 July 1991
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 346
  3. Sotheby's catalogue 1991 with Tolkien letter at Tolkien Collector's Guide (accessed 1 November 2010)