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Hans-Jörg Modlmayr

Hans-Jörg Modlmayr (b. 6 March 1940) is a German author and broadcaster. He studied history and English at Peterhouse College in Cambridge. After his degree he taught German at Gonville & Caius College and in the German Department of Cambridge University.[1][2]

While studying at Cambridge, Modlmayr became acquainted with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in 1964.[3] On 27 July 1966, Modlmayr and J.S. Ryan visited J.R.R. Tolkien without being invited. Nevertheless, Tolkien spent some time talking with them and showing them translations of his works.[4]

A collection of letters from Tolkien to Modlmayr came up for sale in June 2012.[5]

Bibliography, selected


  • 1983: Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt (1983, No. 36)
    • "Die ahnungsvollen Tintenklekser. J.R.R. Tolkien – dem Autor des 'Herrn der Ringe' und des 'Hobbits' - zum 10. Todestag am 2. September" (a memorial publication on the 10th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's death)
  • 1992: Inklings: Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik, Vol. 10 (Kranz, Gisbert, ed.). Germany: Stier.
    • "Fantasy Makes Strange Bedfellows: Mein Besuch bei Tolkien und die Folgen" (pp. 275-282; from the proceedings of Das Internationale Tolkien-Symposion, Aachen 7-9 January 1992)


  1. "Hans Jörg Modlmayr", Lexikon Westfälischer Autorinnen und Autoren (accessed 2 June 2012)
  2. "Sculptor George Kennethson remembered in centenary donation to University Library" dated 23 June 2010, Cambridge University Library (accessed 6 June 2012)
  3. "Die neue Übersetzung. Radiointerview: WDR 5. Wolfgang Krege und Hans-Jörg Modelmayr", (accessed 2 June 2012)
  4. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 670
  5. "Tolkien letter in Berlin auction", Tolkien Collector's Guide (accessed 1 June 2012)