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Letter 30
Date July 25 1938
Recipient Rütten & Loening Verlag
Important Notes

Letter 30 is the thirtieth letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Rütten & Loening Verlag, a German distributer, had enquired about the likelihood of an interpretation of The Hobbit, and got some information about his family and Aryan-ness.

Tolkien addressed that he thought the matter of his Aryan-ness was not what they were after. They would much rather have gotten a kick out of the chance to know whether he was Jewish. He let them know he was not - but rather he lamented that he had no Jewish blood. He proceeded with expressing that however he was an Englishman for a few eras, he conveyed his German surname with pride, even in World War I. In any case, if governmental issues and writing were so blended, there strength come a period when he would not be glad for German legacy.

Tolkien then refused to let a publisher that only follows the laws of the country to publish his books.

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