Letter to Robert Burchfield (11 June 1972)

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On 11 June 1972, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Robert Burchfield.[1]

  • Subject: Apologies for not having returned a book (Kentish Place-names by J.K. Wallenberg, 1931) which Tolkien had borrowed.
  • Description: Signed letter, written from Merton College.[2]


My dear Burchfield

In unpacking my books from shore[note 1] I discovered this book which belongs to you. You lent it me a long while ago - but as I was in hospital at the time of my reward from Oxford[note 2]I was not guilty of removing it to Poole, though guilty (with more excuse) for not returning it later. Forgive me.


J.R.R. Tolkien

See also


  1. Probably Bournemouth, from which he moved in March 1972
  2. An honorary doctorate