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Letter 336

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 336
RecipientSir Patrick Browne
Date23 May 1972

Letter 336 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Patrick Browne 23 May 1972.jpg

Tolkien tells Sir Patrick Browne of the price of fame, and his views of being a cult figure: it is not at all pleasant. It makes him feel small and inadequate, though he feels flattered.

[edit] Notes

  • The fragment chosen was the second part of the actual letter. The Tolkien Library has a picture of the full letter, and Humphrey Carpenter's correspondence, online.[1]
  • Though the "Sir Patrick Browne" is not identified in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, it is quite probably Patrick Browne, a judge, since Tolkien addresses him as such ("Dear judge") in the full copy.


  1. "#SDB002 -First Edition set (4/1/2) with published Tolkien letter", Tolkien Library (accessed 21 May 2012)