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Letter to Joseph Wright (26 January 1925)

From Tolkien Gateway

On 26 January 1925, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Joseph Wright.[1]

  • Subject: Writing on the occasion of Wright's retirement,[1] Tolkien reveals that it was Wright's works that had introduced him to philology as a schoolboy.[2]
  • Publication: An extract of the letter was published in The Life of Joseph Wright, vol. 2, p. 651.[2][3]


In the first place I hope that you are not retiring now because of renewed or increased ill-health, but only to enjoy a very long period of well-earned rest and happiness. I hope I may send you my very best wishes, to yourself and to Mrs. Wright, as a grateful disciple (it was your works, that came into my hands by chance as a schoolboy, that first revealed to me the philology I love) to whom you have shown since so many kindnesses.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 129
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Life of Joseph Wright. 1932", (accessed 1 January 2012)
  3. The Life of Joseph Wright, vol. 2 (Internet Archive; accessed 28 April 2021).