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TCG Letter #649 / Carpenter Letter #275
4 August 1965
Auden had invited Tolkien to contribute to a festschrift marking the retirement of Nevill Coghill. He also asked if Tolkien knew that a ‘New York Tolkien Society’ had been formed, and said he feared that most of the members would be lunatics. Tolkien replied that "Real lunatics don't join them, I think. But still such things fill me too with alarm and despondency."