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TCG Letter #87 / Carpenter Letter #53


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
9 December 1943
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien was sickly amused that the bloodthirsty murderer Josef Stalin invited all nations to join to abolish tyranny and intolerance. Tolkien thought that Winston Churchill looked like the biggest ruffian in the photographs.

Tolkien lamented that the globe was getting smaller, duller, and flatter, foreseeing American sanitation, morale-pep, feminism, and mass production introduced everywhere, which would at least cut down travel. Col. Knox said that one-eighth of the world spoke "English", which Tolkien called a damn shame. He called for the curse of Babel to strike all tongues and considered refusing to speak anything but Old Mercian.

In the revised 2023 edition of Letters, the bottom section of the letter is restored, where Tolkien recounts a humorous story about a cadet “wished” upon him by the local committee, a Polish cadet who knows nothing of philology but was a jolly fellow and they parted as friends.

Noted in Chronology (see reference), Tolkien also mentions that he may need to visit Cardiff on 15-16 December, which in the event is postponed until January.In The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology it is noted that Tolkien “confers with E.O.G. Turville-Petre about a viva to be held in Cardiff” on 17 January, 1944, but his visit to Cardiff is not noted.[1]

1 In The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology it is noted that Tolkien “confers with E.O.G. Turville-Petre about a viva to be held in Cardiff” on 17 January, 1944, but his visit to Cardiff is not noted.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 65-66, p. 438 (Carpenter notes)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 281, p. 282 (see entry for 17 January 1944)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 103-5, p. 623 (notas de Carpenter)


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