New Tolkien Letter Discovered in Late Swiss Lawyer's Filing Cabinet

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New Tolkien Letter Discovered in Late Swiss Lawyer's Filing

Postby Guest » Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:00 am

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<h4>The Albin Schram Collection of Autograph Letters</h4>
<p><span><span>More than three decades after his death, a letter written by J.R.R.Tolkien to his illustrator Pauline Baynes, has resurfaced. Dated 4th June 1949, Tolkien writes:</span> </span></p>
<p><em><span>“I ought to have written to you before to tell you of the great pleasure that your drawings </span>in illustration of "Farmer Giles" have given me. My friends, very justly, said after seeing them that they had reduced the text to a commentary on the pictures. I am hoping soon to get some larger works published, and in a more ample fashion; and if so, I hope you might be interested, or at least have time to consider them. One, a long romance in sequel to The Hobbit, is finished after some years of work, and is being typed. </em></p></span><em>It is held up at the moment, since I am immersed in examinations and other weary business; but when it's done, I wonder if I could prevail on you to glance at it.” </em><p> </p>
<p>After being in the keeping of Albin Schram’s private collection at his home in Switzerland for almost 30 years, the letter will be auctioned off at <a href="http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lfsearch/LotDescription.aspx?intObjectId=4939811" target="_blank">Christie’s</a> on 3rd July 2007, and is expected to fetch a hammer price in the range of GBP 3000 – GBP 4000.</p>
<p><span class="articleThumb floatleft"><a href="javascript:openGalleryItemWindow('http://www.theonering.com/gallery/item.sd?iid=9303',740,560,9303);"><img src="http://www.theonering.com/images/medialibrary/Bilbo_s_Last_Song_thumb.jpg"></a><span class="articleThumbCaption">Bilbos Last Song - Illustration by Pauline Baynes</span></span>Pauline Baynes was undoubtedly Tolkien's favourite illustrator. She painted the covers for several British editions of The Lord of the Rings and also illustrated the maps found in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Her work can be seen in several Tolkien books such as Smith of Wootton Major, Farmer Giles of Ham, Tree and Leaf, and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Her original illustration for the poem Bilbo's Last Song is one of the most rare and sought after Tolkien-related manuscripts.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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Postby Sunsilver » Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:32 pm

That drawing and poem are SO beautiful, Jon! Just when I think I've discovered everything there is to know about Tolkien, a rare and beautiful gem like this pops up! :love:
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:10 am

That is really neat!


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Postby truehobbit » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:54 pm

Wow, thanks for posting the letter and the pic! :D

What a beautiful illustration! :love:

And so he called LOTR a 'romance', which is a medieval genre - interesting, I think.
The question is how serious he's about that - might be a bit of irony in there, as much as a straightforward definition of the genre LOTR was meant to belong to.
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Postby injury-law » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:31 am

really that was undoubtedly great illustration
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Re: New Tolkien Letter Discovered in Late Swiss Lawyer's Fil

Postby solicitr » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:52 pm

"One, a long romance in sequel to The Hobbit, is finished after some years of work, and is being typed."

Since T wrote this on 4 June 1949, that rather stands against Christopher Tolkien's (admittedly tentative) dating of the LR's completion to the August vacation of that year.
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Re: New Tolkien Letter Discovered in Late Swiss Lawyer's Fil

Postby CharlotteReyer » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:10 pm

Very beautifully written.
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