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Orcrist. Tolkien Journal
200 px
AuthorEdited by Richard C. West
PublisherMadison: University of Wisconsin J.R.R. Tolkien Society
ReleasedIssue 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.