Letter to Moira Sayer (10 August 1952)

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On 10 August 1952, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Moira Sayer (wife of George Sayer).[1][2]


"Though I carried your letter about to cheer me up-it is a wonderful sensation to find that anything one has written is liked-I am afraid I allowed the burden of exhaustion caused by examinations to lead me into ungrateful silence. I think it is v. kind indeed of you all the same to allow me to come and stay. I will be as little nuisance as possible (I know too much to suppose that I shall be none); and I resemble a hobbit at any rate in being moderately and cheerfully domesticated, though no cook. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to it, the first thoroughly agreeable prospect I have had since I was ill in October I suppose George got back safely after his astonishing dash to O. and back! I can only hope that the cargo proved worth the effort. Still I cannot really fear that, if your appetite (and his) could last so long, it will not find plenty to its taste in the second half. It's pretty well a crescendo until at least Chap. 4 of the last "book". It is on the rallentando and coda [i.e. the winding down of the story, and the hobbits' return to the Shire] that I am specially anxious for your opinion.
—J.R.R. Tolkien[3]

See also[edit]


  1. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 387
  2. "20th-Century Books and Manuscripts. 2001", TolkienBooks.net (accessed 22 June 2013)
  3. bonhams auction at bonhams.com (accessed 5 February 2015)