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J. R. R. Tolkien

Tolkien on the delay of The Silmarillion

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Tolkien on the delay of The Silmarillion

TLS, one page, 7 x 9, personal letterhead, June 16, 1967. Letter to Martin Hooton, in full: "Nobody regrets the delay in issuing The Silmarillion and other related works more than I do. I have, however, had an overwhelming number of obstacles to cope with, the chief of which has been the trouble arising in early 1965 in U.S.A. There, owing to a peculiarity of their copyright law, my works were being published without any reference to myself at all. I have already considered the idea that you mention of publishing some of the work in parts and getting out something before the whole is put in order. I will do my best. Please give my best wishes to Elizabeth Goudge and thank her for her kind words." In fine condition, with a diagonal crease to the lower blank area. Accompanied by the original letter from Hooton, as well as the referenced response letter to Hooton from the George Allen & Unwin publishing company. Tolkien would pass away at the age of 81 on September 2, 1973, some four years before The Silmarillion would be published. Due to its unfinished nature, the complex work was edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, with the assistance of Canadian fantasy writer Guy Gavriel Kay. The Silmarillion is comprised of five parts and describes the universe of Eä, the homeworld of Valinor, Beleriand, Númenor, and Middle-earth, within which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #565 - Ended September 12, 2019

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