In 1938 Nazis Wanted To Know If J.R.R. Tolkien Was Jewish, So He Responded With A High-class Burn

In 1938 Nazis Wanted To Know If J.R.R. Tolkien Was Jewish, So He Responded With A High-class Burn

J.R.R. Tolkien, the creator of The Lord of the Rings series was in talks with a publishing house in Berlin in 1938 about translating his successful series of books named The Hobbit into German. Things were going all well until Tolkien was asked by the publisher to prove his Aryan ancestry in order to have his books published.

Tolkien was known for hating Nazi doctrine, so he responded to the publisher by a letter, and he told them exactly how he felt about the whole situation. He also gave another response to his British publisher, Stanley Unwin, in which he “side-stepped” the topic, and he let him choose which one to send to the German publishers. Well, Unwin did not disappoint, to say the least, and this is the letter he sent to the Berlin-based publisher:

This is what people on Twitter had to say about J.R.R. Tolkien’s response:

 
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