Letter to Charles Calleja

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In 1966, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Charles Calleja.[1]

  • Contents: Tolkien explained that the second edition Hobbit was different to the original.
  • Description: Typewritten letter with handwritten annotations, 2 pages, Oxford.
  • Publication: None.

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“Being influenced by, or making use of, events or experience of one’s life (which is inevitable) has nothing to do with allegory.”

“You will not find it possible, I think, to acquire a copy of the first edition... they are very scarce, most of the stocks having perished in the London blitz.”


  1. Kristina Chetcuti, "A quest for The Hobbit" dated 24 December 2012, TimesofMalta.com (accessed 6 March 2014)