Tolkien Gateway

Tolkien Gateway is 10 years old. Sign up today to edit TG and help us grow for years to come.

Letter to Carole Ward

(Redirected from Carole Ward 10 August 1964)

On 10 August 1964, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Miss Carole Ward (a freelance writer).[1][2]

[edit] From an auction

THE POTENTIALLY 'DESTRUCTIVE' EFFECTS OF TELEVISED VERSION OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS: 'I am delighted to hear of your great enjoyment of my book. As for Television, however, I am personally averse to dramatizations of my work, especially of The Lord of the Rings, which is too long for reproduction without severe cutting and editing: in my view destructive, or at best severely damaging to a complicated but closely-woven story'. He regards this mainly as a concern of his publishers, however, and suspects that they would be willing to consider proposals; he directs his correspondent therefore to contact Allen & Unwin: 'Of course if there is a prospect of a television plan being agreed, I should desire very much to see you and consult you later'.[3]

[edit] References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 621
  2. "20th-Century Books and Manuscripts. 2002" , TolkienBooks.net (accessed 2 January 2012)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sale 9489 Lot 29" , Christie's (accessed 2 January 2012)