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

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