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TCG Letter #100 / Carpenter Letter #66


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
6 May 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien expressed some comments about the slow airgraph system. The Professor and his son wrote a lot, but since their letters arrived late, they could not reply properly. He then related some memories of training camp, and comments about the war.

The next topic was the current state of The Lord of the Rings, where a new character had entered the scene: "(I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien)

In a newly published portion of the letter, Tolkien talks of "intelligence" tests, noting that they only suit certain people. He says that people like himself and Christopher are not quick, or “perky”. He likens war to “Orcdom”.Letters, 2023[1]

1 Letters, 2023
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 78-79, p. 439 (Carpenter notes)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), pp. 288, 88-9 (entry for 'June-October 1916')
Pity, Power, and Tolkien's Ring: To Rule the Fate of Many, pp. 119, 265, 268n2, 280n14, 283n12
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 124-7, p. 625 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 22
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, p. 198 (wrongly dated as 4 May)


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