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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 189
RecipientMrs. M. Wilson
DateApril 11, 1956
Subject(s)The Lord of the Rings

Letter 189 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien responds to a reader, Mrs. M. Wilson, who had apparently told him of the interest The Lord of the Rings got from children. Tolkien had noted that, and thought it was a pity, as it was a book written for a more mature audience, and they would have to reread it to fully understand it. Tolkien himself was not very fond of rereading books; the "freshness of the unread" outweighed the possibility of finding a deeper appreciation for him.