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Letter to Eva Heilborn

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On 19 April 1972, J.R.R. Tolkien sent a per procurationem letter to Eva Heilborn, a Swedish reader.[1]

  • Subject: Reply to letter of appreciation from Heilborn. Apologies for not being able to offer a longer reply.
  • Description: Type-written letter (1 page). Page size: 22.5 x 15.5 cm.
  • Publication: None (catalogue from the auction firm Bukowskis?).

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Dear Miss Heilborn,

Thank you very, very much for your long letter. I was glad to hear that you enjoyed my books so much. I agree with you about illustrations; it is far better to use one's imagination, as you clearly have done.

I am very busy at the moment as I am moving house, so I hope you will excuse me if I write only a short letter to you.

Again, thank you for your appreciation and I hope that you will continue to get so much enjoyment out of Aragorn, Gandalf, and all the others!

Yours sincerely,
pp. J.R.R. Tolkien


  1. "Per Procurationem Letter by Tolkien", Tolkien Collector's Guide (accessed 19 June 2012)