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Letter to Tom Shippey

On c. 12 April 1970, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Tom Shippey. Shippey received the letter on 13 April 1970.[1][2]

  • Subject: Comments on Shippey's paper "The Author as Philologist" (sent by Shippey to Tolkien).[1]
  • Publication: Quotes from the letter were published in The Road to Middle-earth.[3] Shippey also briefly describes the letter in "Long Evolution: The History of Middle-earth and Its Merits" (in Arda 1987, Vol. VII, p. 29)[2] and in Roots and Branches.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 749
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tolkien's letter to Shippey, April 1970", Tolkien Collector's Guide (accessed 31 December 2011)
  3. Tom Shippey, "Preface to the Second Edition", in The Road to Middle-earth
  4. "Birmingham, Beorn, and elfland (posts from 06/Oct/2007 at 8:50pm and 07/Oct/2007 at 12:25am)", Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza Forums (accessed 31 December 2011)