22         To C. A. Furth, Allen & Unwin


4 February 1938                                                 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford

Dear Mr Furth,

I enclose a copy of Chapter I ‘A Long-expected Party’ of possible sequel to The Hobbit . . .

I received a letter from a young reader in Boston (Lincs) enclosing a list of errata [in The Hobbit]. I then put my youngest son, lying in bed with a bad heart,1 to find any more at twopence a time. He did. I enclose the results – which added to those already submitted should (I hope) make an exhaustive list. I also hope they may one day be required.

                               Yours sincerely,

                                  J. R. R. Tolkien.



1. Christopher Tolkien was confined to bed with irregularities of the heart, a condition which caused him to be a total invalid for several years.