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Letter 169

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 169
RecipientHugh Brogan
Date11 September 1955
Subject(s)C.S. Lewis, Númenor, Maps

Letter 169 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Hugh Brogan discovered the word "Numinor" in C.S. Lewis' That Hideous Strength, and asked Tolkien about it. Tolkien answered that Lewis may have heard wrong, as the proper spelling was Númenor or Númenóre.

Brogan also asked about the shape of the world in the Third Age; Tolkien never really settled on the shape of his world, as it would affect his history telling.