Antiques Roadshow guest astonished to learn Lord of the Rings letter is worth five-figure fortune

ANTIQUES Roadshow delivered one of its biggest shocks tonight as a man brought in a letter from Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkein.

Guest Charles looked utterly stunned when told the single sheet of paper and torn-open envelope was worth a staggering £10,000.

Visibly shocked, he gasped: "Good lord. I'm astonished."

Charles wrote to the English author in runes – an ancient language – when he was a teenager and got the reply which is now worth a fortune.

He got the good news about its value from book expert Clive Farahar on the programme tonight.

Charles explained: "I got it as a reply to a letter I sent to Professor Tolkein when I was 14 and translated the rune letters in the cover – I wrote to him in rune letters and this was the reply he sent to me."

It read: "Your runes letter was correct and readable" before the author insisted he didn't come up with the letters.

The correspondence, was written 20 years after the publication of The Hobbit in 1957, was in perfect condition.

Clive explained: "I think it is the top of Tolkien letters. It’s extremely good. Considering the value of the item. I think it’s worth about £10,000."

But Charles insisted: "I regard it as a family treasure. Since it’s addressed to me and has my name on it, I would not dream of selling it. It’s a sort of My Precious.”

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