Letter to an unknown Dutchman

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J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to an unknown Dutchman, postmarked 3 April 1958.[1]

  • Subject: A letter of reply to a Dutchman who had invited Tolkien for a cup of tea.
  • Description: Autograph letter, 1 page. Signed as Gandalf above a tengwa ungwë. At the bottom Tolkien wrote "2 Astron" (see Shire Calendar).
  • Publication: Not published.


Keep the kettle handy! Look out for me especially at unlikely times. But I have unfortunately had to return over the Water on business.


2 Astron


  1. Pieter Collier, "(Timeline photo)" dated 20 March 2014, Facebook (accessed 24 March 2014)