Orcrist 4 / Tolkien Journal Vol. 4 no. 3 is an issue of the journal Orcrist and the Tolkien Journal (Tolkien Journal whole number 13).
Includes an extract on page 7 (in Progress Report on the Variorum Tolkien by Richard C. West) from a letter to Caroline Whitman Everett previously published in The Imaginative Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien (1957). Different extracts were reprinted in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981) – see Letter 199. Brief extracts were also reprinted in Tolkien and the Silmarillion (1977) and Mythlore No. 45 (Spring 1986).
Also includes on page 4 (in ‘Tolkien and Spiders’ by Bob Mesibob) a brief extract from a letter to Richard Lupoff first printed in Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure (1965).
Also included is an extract from a letter first published in Tolkien Journal (Vol. 1, Issue 2). The extract is from a letter in which Tolkien relates details of the saga of the Ace Books Edition of The Lord of the Rings. See page 16 – An Ace Mystery: Did Tolkien Write His Own Retraction by Bonniejean Christensen.