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TCG Letter #60 / Carpenter Letter #45


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Michael Tolkien
Date
9 June 1941
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Partial
One war is enough for any man, declared Tolkien, and he hoped Michael would be spared a second. He knew what Michael was suffering through. When he was young he did not think that “old folk” suffered much during wartime but now he knew better, feeling like a lame, caged canary. However, it was something to be the father of a good young soldier, and he cherished the link between them.

The 2023 revised edition of Letters restores two sentences, where Tolkien mentions that the government treats the upper and lower classes with "kid gloves", and that the middle class gets "put through it".
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