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Letter to G.H. Cowling

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On 23 December 1934, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to G.H. Cowling.[1]

  • Subject: Tolkien explains his procrastination and horror of writing letters. He thanks Cowling for a copy of Chaucer and wishes him a Happy Christmas.[1] The letter is noteworthy for mentioning the name Bingo in the postscript.[2]
  • Publication: None.
  • Description: Two page manuscript letter, 20 Northmoor Road Oxford.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Art & Book Sale 27 November 2011, Lot No. 390 at (accessed 26 November 2011)
  2. Signed Lord of the Rings, Reeve's Tale, Manuscript Letters for Auction Sunday Nov 27 in Australia at (accessed 26 November 2011)