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The original letter consists of six pages.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=63390|articlename=Valuable Autograph Letters. 1977|dated=|website=TB|accessed=30 March 2014}}</ref>
 
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
Tolkien explained why he had not written long before: he had been plagued by business, troubles, illness, and journeys.  He acknowledged that Mitchison had been kind and encouraging, and called her review<ref group=note>Her review had appeared in the New Statesman on 18 September 1954, calling ''The Lord of the Rings'' "extraordinary, terrifying, and beautiful."</ref> generous and perceptive.
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Tolkien explained why he had not written long before: he had been plagued by business, troubles, illness, and journeys.  He acknowledged that Mitchison had been kind and encouraging, and called her review<ref group="notes">Her review had appeared in the New Statesman on 18 September 1954, calling ''The Lord of the Rings'' "extraordinary, terrifying, and beautiful."</ref> generous and perceptive.
  
 
Mitchison was the only commentator, Tolkien said, that had recognized the book not only as "literature" and serious but also as an elaborate game of inventing a country.  Such a game was endless because even a committee of experts could not complete an entire picture.  More than economic issues, Tolkien was aware of sketchiness in archaeology and technical facts (covering clothes, agricultural implements, metal-working, pottery, architecture, music and its apparatus.
 
Mitchison was the only commentator, Tolkien said, that had recognized the book not only as "literature" and serious but also as an elaborate game of inventing a country.  Such a game was endless because even a committee of experts could not complete an entire picture.  More than economic issues, Tolkien was aware of sketchiness in archaeology and technical facts (covering clothes, agricultural implements, metal-working, pottery, architecture, music and its apparatus.
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Tolkien apologized for the length of this letter, hoping that Mitchison’s kindness and interest offered an excuse.  After her pleasant and unexpected visit he made a copy of the chronology of the Second and Third Ages.  If that would interest here he would send it.  Tolkien also mentioned that a reprint of ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring|The Fellowship]]'' was already needed.
 
Tolkien apologized for the length of this letter, hoping that Mitchison’s kindness and interest offered an excuse.  After her pleasant and unexpected visit he made a copy of the chronology of the Second and Third Ages.  If that would interest here he would send it.  Tolkien also mentioned that a reprint of ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring|The Fellowship]]'' was already needed.
  
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