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Letter 301

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 301
RecipientDonald Swann
Date29 February 1968
Subject(s)Tolkien in Oxford

Letter 301 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien commented on the BBC documentary Tolkien in Oxford, which would be televised on March 30. He thought the whole documentary was a little bit too much, and the BBC must have confused him with his work. He was made to attend a firework-show, something he had not done since he was a child. Fireworks only appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter A Long-expected Party) because they represented Gandalf, the keeper of the Ring of Fire.