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Letter to Roger Shaw

On 7 January 1966, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Roger Shaw.

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"I have never been to Iceland. Something has always interfered with my plans to go there. So my acquaintance with its landscape is derived entirely from photographs... One point of influence at any rate is certain, namely, the Midgewater Marshes, the name of which is of course merely a translation of Mývatn..."

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  1. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 652