Kinship of the Half-elven
The manuscript consists of a family tree illustrating the 'Kinship of the Half-elven' (so entitled), together with an explanatory note.
The genealogical chart was reproduced in Sotheby's English Literature and English History 6-7 December 1984 (the letter and manuscript were sold on 6 December 1984 at Sotheby's, London), and in Beyond Bree May 1985 (with further discussion and explanation of the family tree published in the June 1985 issue). The letter and manuscript then appeared at auction on 16 July, 2022 and sold for $150,000 to an unknown buyer.
The Half-elven (Pereldar) were thus all closely akin, being descended on the mortal side from the House of Hador, and the House of Bëor: the two chief houses of the Elf-friends (Dúnedain) from whom most of the Numenoreans came; and on the elvish side from the House of Finwe (the greatest of the Kings of the High-elves who went to the Blessed Realm) and from the House of Elwë (Elu-thingol) who remained in the west of Middle-earth. But since Melian, wife of Thingol and mother of Lúthien came of the people of the Valar a strain of the 'race divine' was also possessed by them.
—J.R.R. Tolkien, [Explanatory note]
- Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 617
- "Beyond Bree. May 1985", TolkienBooks.net (accessed 11 November 2013)
- Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, "Forum post 13 (Aug/2010 at 5:53pm)", The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza: Forum (accessed 11 November 2013)
- "Historical Platinum Session Signature®, Auction #6258, Lot #42010" dated 16 July 2022, Heritage Auctions (accessed 2 August 2022)
- Beyond Bree June 1985, p. 7