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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 104
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
DateOctober 22, 1945
Subject(s)Merton College different from Pembroke College

Letter 104 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

For the first time Tolkien dined at the Merton high table, which had been very agreeable but odd. The dons met, chatted amiably, and when enough were there then grace was said. They then sat, dined, drank port, had coffee, smoked, and read newspapers. All agreeably informal but shocking to one accustomed to the severer ceremonies and strict precedence of mediæval Pembroke.