From NewsToday: A “MYSTERIOUS” letter written by JRR Tolkien has sold at auction for over £1,500 – after dropping out of a book. The hand-written note – addressed to a couple Tolkien had met on a particularly disastrous holiday with his wife – sold on Thursday for £1,700 to an unnamed internet bidder at Richard Winterton auctioneers, in Lichfield, Staffs. But as the seller’s family had no apparent links to the world famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ author, mystery surrounds the origins of the revealing letter.
It describes a holiday Tolkien and his wife took in 1963, although not a happy one he talks about his delight at meeting the couple, who he addresses “My Dear People”. Tolkien goes on describe his and his wife’s health, a ‘disastrous holiday’ and to thank the recipients for their ‘company and kindness’. Accompanying the letter is a Christmas card with photograph of Tolkien flanked by his holiday companions, Wilfrid and Nora. …Read More