TOLKIEN, J. R. R.
A typed letter signed from Tolkien, with manuscript post-script, dated July 10th, 1964. With 6 cm. tear mended on verso.
Responding to a Mrs. Marcus of Ojai, California from his Oxford address, Tolkien discusses the development of the Lord of the Rings universe in rather counter-intuitive terms: "But one might say that the opposite of what you surmised is the fact: the hobbits are a late addition."
In the space of a single typescript page, Tolkien further addresses his passion for language, landscape, and history, while despairing, in his manuscript post-script, that "there are no legends current (i.e. popular and oral) in England, other than those presented in books and the films."
While Tolkien letters are not uncommon, the present example provides a glimpse into the mechanics of his imaginaton and testifies to the integrity of his vision.
Estimate $ 6,000-10,000
Property from the Collection of Ronald Kuntz, Sugar Grove, Illinois