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Letter to Humphrey Carpenter

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On 21 March 1967, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Humphrey Carpenter.[1][2]

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Dear Mr. Carpenter,

You may certainly have my permission to use my book The Hobbit as a basis for a children's play. My publishers are, of course, also concerned in all forms of reproduction, but normally no objection is raised when only a limited non-commercial performance is in view. With regard to the setting of verses as songs, I am not sure what the position is. If this is intended to lead to publication, both my publishers and the Performing Rights Society (of which I am now a Member) would have to be consulted.

It is a long time since we met and I should be delighted to see you again. Unfortunately I am very busy at the present and am going away on April 1st, so that I am afraid I shan’t be able to arrange a meeting until the end of that month. Perhaps you could get in touch with me then and see what could be done. Please thank you[r] mother for her good wishes and kind regards, which we heartily return.

With best wishes to yourself,

Yours sincerely,

J.R.R. Tolkien.


  1. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, pp. 687-8
  2. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, "Addenda and Corrigenda to The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide (2006) Vol. 1: Chronology", Hammond& (accessed 19 July 2012)