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TCG Letter #216 / Carpenter Letter #91

J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien
29 November 1944
Manuscript/Proof Document
Tolkien sent Christopher the last two chapters of the Fourth Book, where it would be seen that Tolkien had gotten the hero into such a fix that not even an author will be able to extricate him, without labour and difficulty. Lewis was moved almost to tears by the last chapter, yet Tolkien was chiefly interested in Christopher's reaction.

Tolkien then outlined Book Five, which he called the last. Tolkien described the story very much as it was published, until the destruction of the Ring.

The final scene would be the passage to the Grey Havens. Aragorn far away labours to create order and preserve some memory of old among men, but Elrond has gone along with all the High Elves. Tolkien did not know what happened to the Ents.

In another letter sent on this day, Tolkien updates Christopher on his lectures, the weather, and that they finally found out the date of C.S. Lewis' birthday, that being this very day, 29 November. He, the Lewis brothers, Charles Williams and some others had an early trip to the pub and used it to celebrate Lewis' birthday.

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