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TCG Letter #146 / Carpenter Letter #75


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
7 July 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien wrote this letter in "midget type". He explained that although he had written recently he had a great desire to communicate. He had been shopping and dealing with cadets. On the way home his tire blew and he consoled himself at The Gardeners' Arms. Arriving at home, Tolkien had enlarged the hen house. A family of bullfinches had nested in the Tolkien's garden and entertained with their antics. There were also wrens about and all birds had increased in numbers after the mild winters.

Continuing the letter on 9 July, Tolkien noted that bullfinches had a connexion with the noble art of brewing ale. Tolkien had been looking at the Kalevala recently and there was part that dealt with the origin of beer.

Tolkien wondered how his son was getting on with his flying since first going solo. He had been touched by Christopher’s observations on skimming martins. That touched the heart of things and laid bare the tragedy and despair of all machinery.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 86-88, p. 439 (Carpenter notes)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 136-8, p. 626 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 36


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