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Letter 22

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 22
RecipientC.A. Furth of Allen & Unwin
Date4 February 1938
Subject(s)The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings

Letter 22 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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In this letter, Tolkien enclosed a copy of A Long-expected Party, the first chapter of the The Lord of the Rings (presumably for review by Rayner Unwin).

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He also mentioned receiving a letter from a young reader with a list of errata found in The Hobbit. Subsequently he had tasked his youngest son Christopher, who was confined to bed at the time with a heart condition, with finding more, paying him twopence per mistake.[note 1] Tolkien enclosed both the lists, in the hope that they might one day be required.

[edit] Notes

  1. This may be considered Christopher Tolkien's first documented 'study' of his father's works.