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TCG Letter #679 / Carpenter Letter #306


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Michael Tolkien
Date
11 October 1968
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien was delighted that Michael had visited Switzerland and the very place that affected him so deeply. Bilbo's Misty Mountains journey, especially the glissade down the slithering stones into the pines, was based on Tolkien's 1911 adventures (although the wargs-episode partly derived from S. R. Crockett's The Black Douglas). He also remembered the year because there was no rain from April through October, except for King George V's coronation (which was significant to him because he had been sent to help "line the route" during a parade).

Of the 1911 trip, Tolkien mentions that he was one of 12 cadets who were sent to line the route of King George V coronation, yet in the King Edward's School Chronicle of July 1911 it is noted as being eight cadets.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 391-96, p. 452 (Carpenter notes)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 13, p. 31, 33, p. 740, pp. 770-1, p. 820
Tolkien and the Great War, p. 23 (one sentence quoted)
King Edward’s School Chronicle, July 1911, p. 56 (Officers Training Corps)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 559-66, p. 646 (notas de Carpenter)
The Annotated Hobbit (1988), p. 65, p. 114, p. 313


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