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TCG Letter #103 / Carpenter Letter #69


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
14 May 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien had written a certain amount of The Lord of the Rings the day before but he had been hindered by needing to clean up his study and dealing with the moon. It was doing impossible things, such as rising in one part of the country and setting simultaneously in another, and the fixes had absorbed all afternoon.

Fr. Douglas Carter had given a sermon suggesting that his flock were untutored robots for not saying Grace and pronounced Oxford deserving to be wiped out with fire and blood in the wrath of God for the abominations and wickedness there perpetrated. Tolkien agreed with his assessment and wondered if it were especially true now.

Tolkien saw C.S. Lewis and heard two chapters of his Who Goes Home? and Tolkien read his new chapter, "Journey to the Cross-Roads".

In church the day before Tolkien had gotten an idea for a story. A man sitting at a high window would see one small piece of land (garden sized) but would see it all through the ages from the Palaeolithic to Today.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 80-81, p. 439 (Carpenter notes)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 128-9, p. 625 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 25


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