From Tolkien Gateway
Tolkien-related events that took place in 1953.
- 11 - Wayne G. Hammond is born.
- 24 - J.R.R. Tolkien meets Rayner Unwin in Oxford and then writes letter 136 to his father, Stanley Unwin.
- 30 - J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith move to 76 Sandfield Road.
- 11 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes letter 137.
- 15 - J.R.R. Tolkien gives the W.P. Ker Lecture at Glasgow University on the religious themes adultery, temptation and repentance in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
- 11 - Pearl, edited by E.V. Gordon and including a contribution by J.R.R. Tolkien, is published.
- 24 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes a letter to George Sayer.
- 27 - Actress Lorri Holt is born.
- ? - Christopher Gilson, linguist, is born.
- ? (mid-month) - J.R.R. Tolkien receives galley-proofs of the first volume from Allen and Unwin; he realised that some words have been over-corrected (dwarves to dwarfs, elvish to elfish, further to farther, and worst of all, elven to elfin).
- 28 - Rayner Unwin presses Tolkien to choose titles for each volume for Lord of the Rings; he erroneously proposes that the general title should belong to the first volume.
- 4 – J.R.R. Tolkien writes Letter 138.
- 8 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes letter 139.
- 15 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes a letter to Ronald Eames.
- 17 - J.R.R. Tolkien agrees with Rayner Unwin on the volume titles for the book: they will be The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and (reluctantly) The Return of the King.
- 8 - Actor John McGlynn is born.
- 4 - Actor Chris Fairbank is born.
- 9 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes letter 141.
- ? - Essays and Studies 1953, including The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son by J.R.R. Tolkien, is published.
- 23 - Composer Johan de Meij is born.
- 2 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes letter 142.
- 4 - An issue of the magazine Radio Times featuring an article by J.R.R. Tolkien, is published.
- 5 - Actor Christopher Guard is born.
- 28 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes a letter to Rayner Unwin.
- 29 - J.R.R. Tolkien visits Allen & Unwin at Museum Street in London.
- ? - Essais de philologie moderne (1951), including the essay "Middle English 'Losenger'" by J.R.R. Tolkien, is published.
- Late - Christopher Tolkien draws General Map of Middle-earth.
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, "Addenda and Corrigenda to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion (2005)" dated 31 March 2015, wayne & christina (accessed 8 December 2022)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 138, (dated 4 August 1953)
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. xxxiii
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 139, (dated 8 August 1953)
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lv
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