Reply to Noad's Comments on the article, "Checking the Facts"




In the Summer 2020, #60 issue of Mallorn (40-42), Charles Noad contributed a letter addressing the article “Checking the Facts,” which had appeared in the preceding issue of Mallorn, the Winter 2018 #59 issue. The author first learned of this letter when reading reviews in the 2021 Tolkien Studies in late 2021. Noad raises six objections or concerns in response to “Checking the Facts:” 1) Noad raises the significant question about what is “a real taste for fairy-stories” and when this might have occurred, though this is not an issue that either Flieger and Anderson or I discuss; 2) Noad has difficulties with the “ambiguity” between Garth/Edwards’ reading of Edith as the other party in the poem and my reading of Tolkien’s brother Hilary as the other party; 3) Noad next addresses the question of the dating of Leaf by Niggle; 4) Noad next turns to the question of Douglas Anderson not using an expected paragraph break in a quotation; 5) Noad then asks: if “the cuts to the original selection of letters were due to censorship rather than size;” 6) Noad acknowledges that the present author corrects Flieger’s mistaken statement, and adds “I’m not sure I altogether grasp the point that Dr. is trying to make here.”

The author responds and clarifies possible misunderstandings and confusions that underlie each of Noad’s six concerns.



How to Cite

BUNTING, N. “Quot”;. Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society, vol. 63, Nov. 2023,