Lord of the Rings Fanatics Site - For & By Tolkien Fanatics JRR Tolkien letter reveals poor sales of The Hobbit 16 October 2012Last updated at 10:45 ET Tolkien spent much of his time at Leeds translating Old Icelandic texts A letter from JRR Tolkien to Swallows and Amazons writer Arthur Ransome has revealed the author's concerns about sales of The Hobbit. Tolkien said he would send a revised edition to Ransome "if there is a reprint", adding "sales are not very great". The letter forms part of a collection of Tolkien's writing held at the University of Leeds - where he taught. Despite his concerns, The Hobbit went on to sell 100 million copies. The letter also revealed Ransome had suggested editing parts of The Hobbit and Tolkien was happy to oblige. He consented to making some minor changes regarding the use of the word "man" and agreed the wizard Gandalf's use of the word "boys" as an insult "was rather silly and not quite up to form". Tolkien's letter is held in Leeds's Brotherton Library "He is slipping into a kind of fantasy as if he's writing about a real world, as he loves doing. Film premiere
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