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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 101
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
DateJune 3, 1945
Subject(s)The mocking end of the war

Letter 101 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


The Civil Defense was staging a stand-down parade and Tolkien said he would drag himself to it. But he felt it was a mockery. The War was not over, the part that was over was mostly lost, Wars are always lost, and The War always goes on. It was no good growing faint.