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Letter 292

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 292
RecipientJoy Hill
Date12 December 1966
Subject(s)Fan fiction

Letter 292 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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A "fan" was going to write a "sequel", and sent Tolkien details. Tolkien sent the material to Joy Hill of Allen & Unwin, and asked her of the legal position. He asked for a formal letter from the publisher to dissuade the writer, fearing a publisher might publish "such tripe". He explained that when he personally rejected an earlier fan-proposed sequel the young writer wrote a harsh rant back.