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TCG Letter #144 / Carpenter Letter #73


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
10 June 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien reported that a great deal had happened at his end of the world. He expected that Christopher knew as much as he did, except that Tolkien mentioned that the weather seemed to be clearing up, which he fancied was of paramount importance.

Tolkien had met with C.S. Lewis, Warren Lewis, Charles Williams, and E.R. Eddison. W. Lewis had read a long chapter on the system of government in the ancien régime of France, which he had made very amusing. Eddison had read from an uncompleted romance.

At a mass-meeting to discuss the formation of a local Christian Council a man arose and said that he approved of it because in his previous life he had been Lord Nelson. Nobody laughed because he had made this claim so often that it was taken as a matter of course.

Continuing the letter on 11 June, Tolkien remarked that he was very interested in Christopher's descriptions of his abode and the country.

Tolkien also mentions that "four of the new eight chapters" (of The Lord of the Rings) have been sent to the typist. This detail was not included in Letters and was supplied by Christopher Tolkien to Hammond/Scull (see page 292, Chronology).
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 84-85, p. 439 (Carpenter notes)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 133-4, p. 625 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 30


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