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TCG Letter #142 / Carpenter Letter #71


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
25 May 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Letters from Christopher had poured in and Tolkien envied his son's stationing in Africa, which stirred a curious sense of reminiscence in him. Tolkien had not slept, partly due to deafening traffic but also because of his absorption in Frodo. The chapter on Shelob and Kirith Ungol had been written several times and took a lot out of him. Besides working on The Lord of the Rings he had made a hen-coop and chick-run.

Tolkien hoped Christopher could get more leave to see genuine Africa away from the "lesser servants of Mordor". He thought of orcs as real a creation as anything in "realistic" fiction. In real life they are on both sides.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), p. 82, p. 439 (Carpenter notes)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 130-1, p. 625 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 27


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