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15 March, 14:00

Tolkien's letter to his admirer will go under the hammer at auction in April

Tolkien's letter to his admirer will go under the hammer at auction in April
A special artifact will soon appear at the Hanson Ross auction - a letter from the British writer John Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. This touching find reflects the warm and personal attitude of the classic of world literature of the 20th century to his readers.

Dated Christmas 1961, the letter contains the writer's response to a small boy about his letter asking about other books written by Tolkien. Christopher Howard, who received this letter, was only an eight-year-old fan of "The Hobbit" and showed interest in the author's work.

In his reply, Tolkien not only apologized for the delay in sending the letter, but also carefully answered each of the boy's questions, reflecting his special attitude towards young readers.
In the letter, Tolkien also mentioned the boy's younger brother, answered his questions about the characters in the fairy-tale novel, and also talked about his new book "The Lord of the Rings", describing the world of Middle-earth in detail. This emphasizes not only the writer's talent, but also his deep interaction with his readers: his readiness to answer their questions and interest in their attitude to his creations.

Christopher Howard kept this letter in a souvenir box for over 60 years before he decided to sell it. According to experts, the price of the letter at the auction will be approximately between $10,000 and $13,000, but this amount may increase depending on the interest of collectors and fans of Tolkien's work.

The auction will be held on April 12.
John Tolkien's letter to a small fan is not only an artifact of literary history, but also a symbol of warmth and communication between the writer and his readers. It reminds us of the importance of the personal connection between the creator and his audience, which can remain unchanged over time.

Source: bbc.com

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