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Ruddy little ignoramus

Posted on March 27th, 2012

The great J.R.R. Tolkien’s assessment of Adolf Hitler? A “ruddy little ignoramus.” From io9 comes a letter Tolkien sent in 1938 to his publisher regarding talks with a German publisher on the publication of a German translation of The Hobbit. The Germans were demanding proof of Tolkien’s “Aryan” heritage. Here’s the reply to his publisher: I must say the enclosed letter from Rütten & Loening is a bit stiff. Do I suffer this impertinence because of the possession of a German name, or do their lunatic laws require a certificate of arisch origin from all persons of all countries? Personally, I should be inclined to refuse to give any Bestätigung (although it happens that I can), and let a German translation go hang. In any case I should…