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TCG Letter #1396 / Carpenter Letter #74a

J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien
7 July 1944
Writing to Christopher, Tolkien gives news of C.S. Lewis and his need for an operation to remove some shrapnel, which he says must have been in his arm since 1917. He had a pint with Charles Williams who had given him two chapters from the Lord of the Rings which Williams had typed for him.

In a portion of the letter which remains unpublished,see reference below to Chronology, p. 293[1] Tolkien gives Christopher an account of a family of bullfinches which have nested close or in their garden at 20 Northmoor Road.

1 see reference below to Chronology, p. 293
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 293 (we believe that the reference in Chronology (7 July 1944) to “On this day also, Tolkien begins a letter to Christopher...” is the same letter so are treating them as such.
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, p. 136, p. 626 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 35

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