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'''''The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien''''' (ISBN 0-618-05699-8) is a selection of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s letters published in 1981, edited by his son [[Christopher Tolkien]] and the biographer [[Humphrey Carpenter]]. The selection contains 354 letters, dating between October 1914, when Tolkien was an undergraduate at [[Oxford]], and August 29, 1973, four days before his death.
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'''''The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien''''' is a selection of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s letters published in 1981, edited by his son [[Christopher Tolkien]] and the biographer [[Humphrey Carpenter]]. For the 1999 edition of the book, an index was created by [[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]].
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==Contents==
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The selection contains 354 letters, dating between October [[1914]], when Tolkien was an undergraduate at the [[University of Oxford]], and [[29 August|August 29]], [[1973]], four days before his death.
  
 
The letters can be roughly divided in four categories:
 
The letters can be roughly divided in four categories:
 
#Personal letters to [[Edith Tolkien]], Christopher Tolkien and his other children,
 
#Personal letters to [[Edith Tolkien]], Christopher Tolkien and his other children,
 
#Letters about Tolkien's career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon
 
#Letters about Tolkien's career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon
#Letters to his publishers at [[Allen & Unwin]] explaining his failing to meet the deadline and related topics
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#Letters to his publishers at [[Allen and Unwin]] explaining his failing to meet the deadline and related topics
 
#Letters about [[Middle-earth]]  
 
#Letters about [[Middle-earth]]  
  
 
The last category is especially of interest to Tolkien fans, as it provides a lot of information about Middle-earth which cannot be found anywhere in the works published by Tolkien himself.
 
The last category is especially of interest to Tolkien fans, as it provides a lot of information about Middle-earth which cannot be found anywhere in the works published by Tolkien himself.
  
= A few letters of interest =
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==See also==
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*[[:Category:Letter receivers|Letter receivers]]
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*[[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"]]
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*''[[J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters to Rhona Beare]]''
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==External links==
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*[http://mysite.verizon.net/wghammond/addenda/letters.html Corrigenda to the Index to ''Letters of J.R.R. Tokien'' (1999)]
  
==German translation==
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In letters 29 & 30, it appears that a German translation of ''[[The Hobbit]]'' was being negotiated in 1938. The German firm inquired whether Tolkien was of 'arisch' (aryan) origin. Tolkien was infuriated by this, and wrote two letters as a response. In the first one Tolkien apparently refused to give any declaration whatsoever of his origin.  In the second one he proudly protested on the inquiry and, among other things, replied that "... I regret that I appear to have ''no'' ancestors of that gifted Jewish people". He gave his editor the choice on which reply to use. This second letter is the only one preserved and it is probable that the first one was sent.
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Revision as of 12:29, 19 October 2012

The name Letters refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Letters (disambiguation).
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien Letters Cover.jpg
AuthorEdited by Humphrey Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien
PublisherGeorge Allen and Unwin (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Released20 August 1981
FormatPaperback
Pages480
ISBN0-618-05699-8

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien is a selection of J.R.R. Tolkien's letters published in 1981, edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and the biographer Humphrey Carpenter. For the 1999 edition of the book, an index was created by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

Contents

The selection contains 354 letters, dating between October 1914, when Tolkien was an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, and August 29, 1973, four days before his death.

The letters can be roughly divided in four categories:

  1. Personal letters to Edith Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien and his other children,
  2. Letters about Tolkien's career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon
  3. Letters to his publishers at Allen and Unwin explaining his failing to meet the deadline and related topics
  4. Letters about Middle-earth

The last category is especially of interest to Tolkien fans, as it provides a lot of information about Middle-earth which cannot be found anywhere in the works published by Tolkien himself.


See also

External links