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TCG Letter #178 / Carpenter Letter #89


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
7-8 November 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Christopher had referred to the care of his guardian angelC.S. Lewis showed interest in the subject and Tolkien remarks as such in Carpenter #89a: Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien • 13 November 1944 (#1400)[1] and Tolkien feared that he was specially needed, which reminded him of a vision he had had in St. Gregory’s before the Blessed Sacrament when the Quarant’ OreTom Hillman has very kindly been in touch to say that he has spoken with a priest at St. Gregory's, unfortunately to their best knowledge the sermon which Tolkien describes in no longer known to survive. Their records are not availbale online but visitors can search the physical records at the Archdiocesan archives in Birmingham.[2] was being held. Tolkien then gave a detailed description of his experience and his meditation upon it, with the comment that it was not recapturable in clumsy language. The vision was a comfort to him.

Tolkien told about a recent visit to St. Gregory's with Priscilla when she was not feeling well. Tolkien was deeply moved and had experienced a rare peculiar emotion, "eucatastrophe", a word he had coined in his fairy-story essay.

Tolkien then described a tramp he and his daughter had seen as they left St. Gregory's. The tramp wore rags, sandals tied on with string, and a tin can on his wrist.

1 C.S. Lewis showed interest in the subject and Tolkien remarks as such in Carpenter #89a: Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Christopher Tolkien • 13 November 1944 (#1400)
2 Tom Hillman has very kindly been in touch to say that he has spoken with a priest at St. Gregory's, unfortunately to their best knowledge the sermon which Tolkien describes in no longer known to survive. Their records are not availbale online but visitors can search the physical records at the Archdiocesan archives in Birmingham.
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