Fantasy fans enjoyed a real treat on Sunday’s antiques tour, when a letter signed by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien was valued at £ 10,000.
The owner of the legendary novelist’s personal correspondence appeared on the latest episode, which took place in Bodnant Garden in North Wales.
Owner Charles wrote to Tolkien as a teenager after deciphering the cryptic runes included in the classic novel The Hobbit, writing an entire letter in the language created by his idol.
Tolkien was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford at the time he responded to Charles, writing in detail about the inspiration behind the runes he used in his novels.
The letter was written in 1957, 20 years after The Hobbit was published. Charles had kept the letter in perfect condition and also still had the original envelope.
“ He has written to his fans a lot, but to find a letter like this fully handwritten, with this wonderful signature and explaining the runes too, is amazing, ” said expert Clive Farahar.
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“I think that’s the top of Tolkien’s letters. It’s extremely good, ”he added.
Considering the value of the item, Clive added: ‘I think it’s worth around £ 10,000. ”
“Good lord,” said Charles, visibly shocked at the estimate. “I am amazed.
Will he ever think of selling the item?
“I consider him a family heirloom,” Charlies said. Since it is addressed to me and bears my name, I wouldn’t dream of selling it.
“He’s kind of ‘my precious,'” Clive joked, referring to the phrase spoken by Lord of the Rings character Gollum.
It comes after Antiques Roadshow left a guest completely stunned when an expert valued the clock he kept on his sideboard for 20 years at £ 20,000.
Two sisters were also shocked that their Christmas decorating family heirloom was priced at £ 30,000 in a recent episode.
Antiques Roadshow continues Sunday at 7 p.m. on BBC One.
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