The distributers were again considering the production of Mr Bliss, which had beforehand mulled because of the intricacy of the illustrations, yet Tolkien did not feel he had room schedule-wise to attempt redrawing them.
He deplored that he had no intention to finish the first part of The Lord of the Rings, commenting:
- "They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited 'first chapters'. I have indeed written many."