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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 [[3 August|August 3]], [[1943]].
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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 schoolgirls Leila Keene and Pat Kirke (readers of ''[[The Hobbit]]''), written on [[3 August]] [[1943]].<ref>{{CG|C}}, p. 261</ref>
  
*'''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/>
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*'''Subject:''' Tolkien discusses [[runes]], 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
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*'''Publication:''' The letter was first reproduced in ''[[Sotheby's Illustrated Books, Children's Books, Ephemera, Performing Arts & Related Drawings 4 May 1995]]''.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=1870&forum=18&post_id=10251#forumpost10251|articlename=Sotheby's 1995 catalogue?|dated=|website=Guide|accessed=8 July 2012}}</ref>  [[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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== Excerpt ==
 
== 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). ...''"  
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"''... 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). ...''"<ref name=PM/>
  
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Revision as of 21:45, 8 July 2012

Leila Keene and Pat Kirke 3 August 1943 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to the schoolgirls Leila Keene and Pat Kirke (readers of The Hobbit), written on 3 August 1943.[1]

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). ..."[2]

References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 261
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages", pp. 72-73
  3. "Sotheby's 1995 catalogue?" , Tolkien Collector's Guide (accessed 8 July 2012)