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[page 19] _Professor J.R.R. Tolkien_: I was very pleased to hear of the pleasure my book has given you. I think I agree with you in the matter of making a film out of the story. There have been some serious negotiations with regard to this, but my experience with scripts and "story-line" has warned me that only an overwhelming financial reward could possibly compensate an author for the horrors of the conversion of such a tale into film. Even when the pictorial part is very good. Fortunately, my publishers and I retain a legal hold in this matter and nothing can be done without our approval in detail. [COMMENTARY from TRIODE 18, May 1960.]