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TCG Letter #86 / Carpenter Letter #52


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
29 November 1943
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien claimed that his political opinions leaned increasingly to Anarchy (philosophically understood) or to "unconstitutional" Monarchy. He would arrest anyone who used the word "State" except in the inanimate sense and if they did not recant, execute them! He wanted to return to personal names—government is an abstract noun meaning governing and it should be an offense to write it with a capital G or to refer to people. If people referred to "King George's council, Winston and his gang" it would help clear thought and reduce the slide into "Theyocracy".

In the 2023 revised edition of Letters, a section is restored to the top of the letter, where Tolkien reports that he has had influenza and that the steel works had over 900 men ill. Tolkien says that those in charge are deciding what people need, and if they had their way those people would remain in charge permanently.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 63-64, p. 438 (Carpenter notes)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 101-3, p. 622 (notas de Carpenter)
Craig A. Boyd, "Nolo Heroizari: Tolkien and Aquinas on the Humble Journey of Master Samwise" in Christianity & Literature 2019, Vol. 68(4), p. 619 note 3


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