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Letter to Leila Keene and Pat Kirke

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'''Leila Keene and Pat Kirke 3 August 1943''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to the girls Leila Keene and Pat Kirke, written on [[August 3]], [[1943]].
 
'''Leila Keene and Pat Kirke 3 August 1943''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to the girls Leila Keene and Pat Kirke, written on [[August 3]], [[1943]].
  
*'''Contents:''' Tolkien discusses the [[Westron|Common Speech]] and the adoption by the [[Dwarves of Erebor]] of the language of the [[Men of Dale]].<ref name=PM/>
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*'''Contents:''' Tolkien discusses the [[Westron|Common Speech]] and the adoption by the [[Dwarves of Erebor]] of [[Language of Dale|the language of]] the [[Men of Dale]].<ref name=PM/>
 
*'''Authenticity''': Very high
 
*'''Authenticity''': Very high
 
*'''Publication:''' The letter was first reproduced in an auction catalogue from [[Sotheby's]] in [[1995]]. Christopher Tolkien included a description and excerpts from the letter in ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''.<ref name=PM>{{PM|II}}, pp. 72-73</ref>
 
*'''Publication:''' The letter was first reproduced in an auction catalogue from [[Sotheby's]] in [[1995]]. Christopher Tolkien included a description and excerpts from the letter in ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''.<ref name=PM>{{PM|II}}, pp. 72-73</ref>

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Leila Keene and Pat Kirke 3 August 1943 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to the girls Leila Keene and Pat Kirke, written on August 3, 1943.

Excerpt

"... It was a sort of lingua-franca, made up of all sorts of languages, but the Elvish language (of the North West) for the most part. It was called the Western language or Common Speech; and in Bilbo's time had already passed eastward over the Misty Mountains and reached Lake Town, and Beorn, and even Smaug (dragons were ready linguists in all ages). ..."

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages", pp. 72-73