Fan Mail [Letter wondering how Tolkien and rock music such as the Grateful Dead and asking about the publication of J. Clossen's Dictionary of Elvish Words in Feemwlort followed by a short response from J. Clossen]

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[page 15] TED JOHNSTONE 619 SOUTH HODART BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CALIF, 90005 JUST GOT LATEST _ENTMOOT_, STILL IN MILD SHOCK, FROM YOUR CASUAL REMARKS ON BACOVER. ROCK & ROLL TOLKIEN FANDOM? ELBERETH SAVE US ALL. IT'S TOO MUCH FOR ME TO REALLY BELIVE THAT SOMEBODY WITH THE TASTE THAT YOU HAVE OCCASIONALLY SHOWN COULD SERIOUSLY APPROVE OF THE COMBINATION OF TWO SUCH ALIEN FORMS. R&R IS THE MUSIC OF TODAY, THE EXPRESSION OF MODERN WESTERN CULTURE, SUCH AS IT IS. TOLKIEN IS THE MEMORY OF A WORLD WHICH HELD THE VIRTUES WHICH HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO THE PRESENT NECESSITIES OF CIVILIZATION. EITHER IS AN ESCAPE FROM THE OTHER: IN ANY COMBINATION, THE PRESENT WILL DESTROY THE PAST JUST AS IT IS DONE THE REST OF THE WORLD. AS FOR AMATEUR FILMMAKERS GETTING THEIR HANDS ON MIDDLE EARTH; YOU APPLAUD THIS IN THE SAME PAGES YOU DECRY THE IDEA OF DISNEY OR ANY HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR TRYING IT. THIS GIVING OVER INTO THE HANDS OF INEXPERIENCED, HALF-TRAINED NO-PROFESSIONALS COULD BE EXPECTED MORE OF SOMEONE WHO PREFERRED CHIMPANZEE FINGER-PAINTING TO WYETH OR KEANE. WYETH AND KEANE ARE BOTH LOUSY ARTISTS, BUT AT LEAST THEY _CAN MAKE PICTURES_. NAIVETE IS SELDOM AN ARTISTIC QUALIFICATION; NEVER FOR TOLKIEN. PLEASE, NO MORE LSDOTR, HUH?

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