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Letter 107

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 107
RecipientSir Stanley Unwin
Date7 December 1946
Subject(s)On the subject of a German edition of The Hobbit, work on The Lord of the Rings

Letter 107 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien reported receiving letters from Horus Engels about a German translation of The Hobbit, although he seemed he was not proposing himself as the translator. Illustrations from Engels had certain merits but were too "Disnified" for Tolkien's taste: Bilbo with a dribbling nose and Gandalf as a figure of vulgar fun instead of Tolkien's Odinic wanderer.

Tolkien informed Unwin that soon he was moving and hoped this would solve domestic problems that stole so much time. He still hoped to finish The Lord of the Rings before January, stating that he was on the last chapters.