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Letter 150

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 150
RecipientAllen and Unwin
Date18 September 1954
Subject(s)Work on the Appendices

Letter 150 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Tolkien regretted that no copy for the Appendices had been sent. He was doing his best to produce them before the end of the month. His trouble was indecision and conflicting advice in selecting from too abundant matter, and spending too much time trying to satisfy an unfortunate promise made in Volume I of The Lord of the Rings.[note 1] His index had reached (in rough form) the middle of The Two Towers. The "alphabets" would need blocks even in simplest form. A map of Gondor was most urgent and he hoped to get his son Christopher to produce one from his drafts.

[edit] Notes

  1. In the first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring a note listed items to be in the third book: abridged family-trees, an index with explanations, and brief accounts of languages, alphabets, and calendars.