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Mystery surrounds Tolkien letter

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Jan 31 2012, 1:52pm

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Here's a real mystery for you: a previously unknown letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien turns up in an unrelated book owned by a family unrelated to the letter. Can YOU solve the mystery?

From NewsToday: A "MYSTERIOUS" letter written by JRR Tolkien has sold at auction for over 1,500 after dropping out of a book. The hand-written note addressed to a couple Tolkien had met on a particularly disastrous holiday with his wife sold on Thursday for 1,700 to an unnamed internet bidder at Richard Winterton auctioneers, in Lichfield, Staffs. But as the seller's family had no apparent links to the world famous "Lord of the Rings" author, mystery surrounds the origins of the revealing letter.

It describes a holiday Tolkien and his wife took in 1963, although not a happy one he talks about his delight at meeting the couple, who he addresses as "My Dear People". Tolkien goes on to describe his and his wife's health, a "disastrous holiday" and to thank the recipients for their "company and kindness". Accompanying the letter is a Christmas card with photograph of Tolkien flanked by his holiday companions, Wilfrid and Nora. ...Read More

(This post was edited by dernwyn on Feb 1 2012, 11:12am)


geordie
Tol Eressea

Jan 31 2012, 7:57pm

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According to Scull and Hammond [In reply to] Can't Post

Tolkien had been on holiday from ?mid-March to 1st April (possibly in Bournemouth) but Tolkien had been unwell with bronchitis.


Uruloke
The Shire


Jan 31 2012, 10:08pm

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Could you fix the mis-spelling in your article header? Please? [In reply to] Can't Post

This seems like a site that could spell 'Tolkien' correctly.

:-)


Altaira
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Feb 1 2012, 5:27am

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Not our fault (sort of) [In reply to] Can't Post

It was the original site that spelled it incorrectly. I was just guilty of copying verbatim from that site, and not paying attention. BlushLaugh

That said, thanks for bringing it up! I actually caught more mis-spellings in the body of the article too!


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grammaboodawg
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Feb 1 2012, 10:05am

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Yummmmm.... Lemonade!!! :D // [In reply to] Can't Post

 



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grammaboodawg
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Feb 1 2012, 10:23am

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What a treasure!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I just love the Professor's handwriting, although it can be a challenge to read at times. It always looks like a form of tengwar to me :D

Fantastic!



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dernwyn
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Feb 1 2012, 11:16am

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Yes, it does resemble Tengwar, doesn't it! [In reply to] Can't Post

A most unique script! Laugh

I wonder how many other unknown letters are roaming around out there...are you sure you've checked through all your collection, gramma? Wink


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geordie
Tol Eressea

Feb 1 2012, 1:13pm

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Tolkien must have written thousands of letters [In reply to] Can't Post

- it was the way to communicate for many years; Rayner Unwin said that during production of TH (and LotR too, I think) most of the dialogue between Tolkien and his publishers was carried out by letter. Sometimes face-to-face; rarely by phone.

I've seen examples of Tolkien's writings; his letters have an elegance. I think he picked up a lot of his style from his mum Mabel; her handwriting was a work of art.


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grammaboodawg
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Feb 1 2012, 5:37pm

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ummmm.... [In reply to] Can't Post

were you peeking again ;)

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grammaboodawg
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Feb 1 2012, 5:39pm

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he would, on occasion, correspond with fans of the books, too. Now THAT would put me into full cardiac arrest!

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