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Letter 349

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 349
RecipientMrs. E.R. Ehrardt
Date8 March 1973
Subject(s)Rejecting the association of Tolkien with TOLK

Letter 349 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien told Mrs. Ehrardt he did not understand her wish to associate his name with TOLK, an interpreter or spokesman. A word of Slavonic origin, adopted in Lithuanian (TULKAS), Finnish (TULKKI), and in Scandinavian languages, across Northern Germany, and finally into Dutch (TOLK). However, it had never been adopted into English.