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TCG Letter #668 / Carpenter Letter #295

J.R.R. Tolkien
W.H. Auden
29 March 1967
Auden had written to praise Tolkien for the poem in Anglo-Saxon which Tolkien had contributed (together with a version in modern English) to the journal Shenandoah as part of a festschrift for Auden’s sixtieth birthday. (It was published in the Winter 1967 issue (Vol. XVIII no. 2, pp. 96–7).) In his letter, Auden had praised Tolkien’s poem ‘The Sea-bell’ (‘Frodo’s Dreme’), which he called ‘wonderful’.

In a post script, Tolkien says that he has "a thing" he "did many years ago when trying to learn the art of writing alliterative poetry" and hopes it is not lost. In January of the following year he writes Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to W. H. Auden • 29 January 1968 (#1925)[1] again on the poem.
Related Letters
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 378-79, p. 452 (Carpenter notes)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 729, p. 170 (entry for ?Late 1931-?1932'), see also note on p. 840 for '?Late 1931-1932'
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, p. 542, p. 645 (notas de Carpenter)
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, pp. 5-6 (foreword), p. 45

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