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Letter to George Burke Johnston

On 24 May 1968, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to George Burke Johnston.[1]

  • Contents: Burke Johnston had sent a "specially printed, specially bound copy of" his booklet The Poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien to Tolkien, who responded with a thank you note and explained that in his youth "root" was used as "boot" is now, i.e. slang for "kick".[2] Tolkien also wrote that he will be moving from Oxford soon.[1]
  • Publication: None.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 725
  2. "Poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien. 1967", (accessed 7 January 2017)