Letter to John Leyerle
Revision as of 23:37, 19 July 2012 by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Subject: Reply to Leyerle's letter, delivered to Tolkien by hand from William Ready sometime between 21 and 28 April: at present, Tolkien has given up translating The Owl and the Nightingale, and his translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl will soon be published by Allen & Unwin. However, he may be able to submit a "reasonably successful translation of Sir Orfeo", made some years ago, to Leyerle's anthology.
- Publication: A description of the letter was published in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology (p. 697).
- Archive: Tolkien Papers, Bodleian Library, Oxford.
"I have at present given up the task [of translating The Owl and the Nightingale] It comes off well enough in certain passages, but in general octo-syllabic couplets are defeating for a translator; there is no room to move".