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Letter 202

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 202
RecipientChristopher and Faith Tolkien
Date11 September 1957
Subject(s)International Fantasy Award, Lord of the Rings movie dealing

Letter 202 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien said his heart and mind were on The Silmarillion but he had little time for it.

The Fifteenth World Science Fiction Convention got Tolkien to come to a lunch wherein he was awarded the International Fantasy Award, an absurd massive metal "model" of a Space-rocket combined with a lighter (which being useless wound up sitting in a window). However, the speeches were good, especially that of Clemence Dane. Sir Stanley Unwin attended too.

Tolkien reported that as a backwash from the Convention was a visit from an American film agent. He came in a taxi from London, in the company of strange men and stranger women. This Mr. Ackerman brought astonishingly good pictures and remarkable colour photographs (shots of American mountain and desert scenes that seemed to fit the story). The Story Line though was bad, but perhaps business could be done. Stanley Unwin and Tolkien had agreed on a policy: Art or Cash. Either very profitable terms or absolute author's veto of the objectionable.