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Letter 220

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 220
RecipientNaomi Mitchison
Date15 October 1959
Subject(s)Tolkien comments on retirement

Letter 220 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The original letter consists of two pages.[1]

[edit] Summary

Tolkien retired, or as he put it, was "extruded" due to the age limit at the end of last term. He called it a melancholy proceeding, especially financially. Things would be meagre without the assistance of "Hobbits and all that". Encouraged by Mitchison's letter he decided to resign from his appointment as an examiner for the National University of Ireland and turn back to the matter of the Red Book and allied histories.


  1. "Valuable Autograph Letters. 1977", (accessed 30 March 2014)