|Orcrist. Tolkien Journal|
|Author||Edited by Richard C. West|
|Publisher||Madison: University of Wisconsin J.R.R. Tolkien Society|
|Released||Issue 4 1969-1970|
Orcrist 4 is an issue of the journal Orcrist.
Includes an extract on page 7 (in Progress Report on the Variorum Tolkien by Richard C. West) from a letter to Caroline Whitman Everett previously published in The Imaginative Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien (1957).
Different extracts were reprinted in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981) - see Letter 199. Brief extracts were also reprinted in Tolkien and the Silmarillion (1977) and Mythlore No. 45 (Spring 1986).
Also includes on page 4 (in 'Tolkien and Spiders' by Bob Mesibob) a brief extract from a letter to Richard Lupoff first printed in Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure (1965). In the extract Tolkien denies any influence from the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs on the creation of Shelob.
Also included is an extract from a letter first published in Tolkien Journal (Vol. 1, Issue 2). The extract is from a letter in which Tolkien relates details of the saga of the Ace Books Edition of The Lord of the Rings. See page 16 - An Ace Mystery: Did Tolkien Write His Own Retraction by Bonniejean Christensen.
The journal featured a cover illustration by Peter Poplaski.