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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 [[March 11]]th, [[1949]].
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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:''' 4 pages, 8vo, printed stationery and autograph envelope ("Merton College, Oxford"), 3 Manor Road, Holywell, Oxford, 11 March 1949.<ref>''[[Sotheby's English Literature and History 18 July 1991]]''</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<ref>{{CG|C}}, p. 346</ref>
 
*'''Authenticity:''' High<ref>{{CG|C}}, p. 346</ref>
 
*'''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>
 
*'''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>
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
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*[[Miss Turnbull 2 May 1955]]
 
*[[Miss Turnbull 19 May 1955]]
 
*[[Miss Turnbull 19 May 1955]]
  

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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

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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.

[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)