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Letter to Joy Hill (28 October 1971)

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On 28 October 1971, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Joy Hill gifting her the poem "Bilbo's Last Song".[1]

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Dear Joy,

I have appended the following note to the copy of
Bilbo's Last Song (at the Grey Havens) which I retain.

A copy of this poem was presented to Miss M. Joy Hill on September 3, 1970, and also the ownership of the copyright of this poem, with the intention that she should have the right to publish it, or to dispose of the copyright, as she might wish to do so, at any time after my death. This was a free gift as a token of gratitude for her work on my behalf.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 757