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TCG Letter #95 / Carpenter Letter #61


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Christopher Tolkien
Date
18 April 1944
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien had always opposed Christopher’s choice of service but at least he would be spared active service on the ground. Tolkien was glad his son got the chance to read. Tolkien quoted some appropriate lines from Béowulf to his son.

Tolkien had read to C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams his chapter on the passage of the Dead Marshes and the approach to Mordor. Tolkien said he had wasted time on a letter from the Eighth Army.

Tolkien related more incidents, told his son he missed him, wished he could be more usefully employed, and decried the stupidity of war. Christopher had mentioned local conditions in South Africa. Tolkien said that the treatment of colour nearly always horrified anyone going out from Britain.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 71-73, p. 438 (Carpenter notes)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 117-20, p. 624 (notas de Carpenter)
Fæder his suna (Father to Son. FS) No. 17
Error in hardcover and Kindle: Beowulf > Béowulf p. 106. stem > stern p. 106.


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