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Letter to Mr Hayward

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Mr Hayward 9 April 1957 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to a Mr P. Hayward, written on 9 April 1957.[1][2]

  • Subject: Mr Hayward, a young reader of The Lord of the Rings, had written a letter of appreciation to Tolkien.[1] In his reply, Tolkien (among other things) reflects on the success of The Hobbit,[2] and writes that he intends to write no more books about hobbits.[3]
  • Description: Handwritten, 1-page (4to) letter, with autograph envelope.[2]

From an auction

Autograph letter signed to P. Haywood reflecting on the success of The Hobbit and looking forward to writing about other Middle English legends It is a great pleasure to an author to hear of his success in giving pleasure I find it most interesting to hear comments favourable or adverse. I have in fact had a very large number of letters But I supposed that if I had to sum them up I should learn that every part of the books was to some readers its particular flaw and to others its special merit noting that he shall not "write any more about Hobbits or any characters in this Tale but that he hopes when professional tasks allows to put into order the more Eivish legends of the earlier Ages a probable reference to The Silmarillion, the romance which acted as a backdrop to both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and which Tolkien never completed in his lifetime

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 504
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Lot 437 (31 March 1998, Sotheby's, London, United Kingdom)", (accessed 28 August 2013)
  3. Frank P Ryan, "A Real Letter Written by JRR Tolkein", (accessed 28 August 2013)