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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien

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Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien
Humphrey Carpenter
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1981
George Allen and Sons, 1981
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Genre: Fantasy
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Synopsis

This collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world: Middle-earth. Featuring a radically expanded index, this volume provides a valuable research tool for all fans wishing to trace the evolution of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.


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'...If you wanted to go on from the end of The Hobbit I think the ring would be your inevitable choice as the link. If then you wanted a large tale, the Ring would at once acquire a capital letter; and the Dark Lord would immediately appear. As he did, unasked, on the hearth at Bag End as soon as I came to that point. So the essential Quest started at once. But I met a lot of things along the way that astonished me. Tom Bombadil I knew already; but I had never been to Bree. Strider sitting in the corner of the inn was a shock, and I had no more idea who he was than Frodo did. The Mines of Moria had been a mere name; and of Lothlorien no word had reached my mortal ears till I came there.' -- J.R.R. Tolkien to W.H. Auden, June 7, 1955

Copyright © 1981 by J. R. R. Tolkien

Copyright © 1981 by Christopher Tolkien

Copyright © 1981 by Humphrey Carpenter


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