Letter to Mary Fairburn (May 1968)

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In May 1968, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Mary Fairburn.[1]

  • Contents: Fairburn had sent illustrations of Middle-earth to Tolkien, who replies saying that he considers them to be "splendid. They are better pictures in themselves and also show far more attention to the text than any that have yet been submitted to me". Fairburn's illustrations included a pen-and-ink illustration of Gandalf on the tower of Orthanc, and "a little sketch of Gollum", and Tolkien continues: "After seeing your specimens I am beginning to [...] think that an illustrated edition might be a good thing". Tolkien ends the letter by telling Fairburn that he would be "very pleased indeed" to see her other pictures when they are finished.

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  1. Paul Tankard, "An unknown vision of Middle-earth", The TLS.co.uk (accessed 25 September 2012)