TOLKIEN, J.R.R.



TOLKIEN, J.R.R. - Uncommon letter signed by the famed author of 'The Lord of the Rings'
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TOLKIEN, J.R.R. - Uncommon letter signed by the famed author of 'The Lord of the Rings'

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TOLKIEN, J.R.R. (1892-1973). South Africa-born British scholar and author of The Hobbitand The Lord of the Rings. TLS. (“J.R.R. Tolkien”). 1p. 8vo. Oxford, June 9, 1966. On his blind-embossed stationery. To Stephen Palestrant, an autograph collector in Elmhurst, New York.

 

Thank you very much for your gracious letter. I have pleasure in enclosing an autograph for your collection. Yours sincerely…”

 

Tolkien’s early interest in languages led him to Exeter College, Oxford, where he studied Classics, Old English, Gothic, Welsh, and Finnish, eventually obtaining a professorship of Anglo-Saxon. Despite the academic world’s disapproval, the bulk of Tolkien’s writing was about a land called Middle-Earth, populated by creatures who speak languages of Tolkien’s own invention. The successful publication of The Hobbit in 1937 prompted its publishers to ask Tolkien for similar material. They were overwhelmed, however, with what he offered them – an epic work that had taken over a decade to complete. In 1954-1955 the three-volume The Lord of the Rings was published and became enormously popular.  

 

Written from his home at 76 Sandfield Road, Headington. In excellent condition bearing a lovely signature. Uncommon.

 

Item #20552  

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