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TCG Letter #172 / Carpenter Letter #83


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
6 October 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
In a newly published portion of this letterLetters, 2023[1] Tolkien remarks on what a wonderful week it has been for letters from Christopher. He hopes that letters from home will be delivered to him soon that include tobacco.

Tolkien felt wealthy, like finding a forgotten bob in a pocket, not because he had received £51 for teaching Cadets but because he had a week before the next term. He and C Williams had gone to Bird and B. and met Jack and Warnie. While engrossed in conversation Tolkien noticed a strange tall gaunt man half in khaki with a large hat, bright eyes, and a hooked nose sitting in a corner. He was taking an intense interest in their conversation and to Tolkien it was very much like Trotter at the Prancing Pony.

Once he butted into their conversation he was revealed as Roy Campbell. C.S. Lewis had not long ago violently lampooned him in the Oxford Magazine. Tolkien was gratified to find that Campbell wanted to meet Lewis and himself. Campbell told them of his adventures.

Tolkien makes reference to T.W. Earp being "the original twerp" and on John Garth's website is a fascinating article on this.Peter Gulliver wrote this article and was a guest poster on John Garth's website. See reference below linking to the article.[2]

1 Letters, 2023
2 Peter Gulliver wrote this article and was a guest poster on John Garth's website. See reference below linking to the article.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 94-96, p. 440 (Carpenter notes)
In search of T.W. Earp and the origin of ‘twerp’, Posted 27 November, 2022 by Peter Gulliver
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 147-50, p. 626 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 54
Note 1, from the first edition has been removed and replaced with a new note in 'Letters, 2023'.


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