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


"... 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). ..."


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