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(did you mean Carpenter's Letter #100?)

TCG Letter #100 / Carpenter Letter #66

J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien
6 May 1944
Tolkien responds to Christopher's letters and acknowledges the challenges and frustrations of life in the military camp during the war. He empathizes with his son's grievances and criticizes the unnecessary hardships caused by human stupidity and organizational flaws. He shares insights on the nature of war and its consequences, drawing parallels between real-life conflicts and the themes in his literary works, particularly The Lord of the Ring.

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
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)
War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 9, 14-15, 47, 58, 104, 109, 128, 129, 137
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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