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Letter 84

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 84
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
DateOctober 12, 1944
Subject(s)Trouble while writing The Lord of the Rings, Leaf by Niggle

Letter 84 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien began writing The Lord of the Rings again but hit an error in synchronizing the movements of Frodo and the others. It took a day or two to figure out the problem and he anticipated tiresome small changes in many chapters to fix it. At least, he said, he had actually begun Book Five, the last with about ten chapters.[note 1]

The editor of the Dublin Review asked for some verse or narrative so Tolkien had sent him Leaf by Niggle.


  1. Eventually there would be six "books".