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Letter to W.R. Matthews

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W.R. Matthews 13-15 June 1964 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. W.R. Matthews, written on June 13-15, 1964.

  • Descriptions: Tolkien made a carbon copy of the letter and included it in the manuscript folder containing Words, Phrases & Passages in The Lord of the Rings. The letter contains a discussion of the Black Speech.
  • Authenticity: High
  • Publication: A large section of the letter was published in Parma Eldalamberon, issue 17.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 11-12