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Letter 16

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== Summary ==
 
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This letter was written to Tolkien's son [[Michael Tolkien (b. 1920)|Michael]] at [[The Oratory School|boarding school]]. Tolkien consoled his son about not yet being on the school rugby team, relating how he too was initially rejected for being too light but "decided to make up for weight by (legitimate) ferocity", and ended up on the team and 'with colours'. He also encouraged Michael to keep an eye on his younger brother [[Christopher Tolkien|Christopher]].
This letter dated [[1937#October|3 October 1937]] was written to Tolkien's son [[Michael Tolkien|Michael]] at [[The Oratory School|boarding school]]. Tolkien consoles his son about not yet being on the school rugby team, relating how he too was initially rejected for being too light but "decided to make up for weight by (legitimate) ferocity", and ended up on the team and 'with colours'. He also encourages Michael to keep an eye on his younger brother [[Christopher Tolkien|Christopher]].
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Revision as of 05:16, 18 May 2011

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 16
RecipientMichael Tolkien
DateOctober 3, 1937
Subject(s)Consoling his son for rejection from the school rugby team

Letter 16 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

This letter was written to Tolkien's son Michael at boarding school. Tolkien consoled his son about not yet being on the school rugby team, relating how he too was initially rejected for being too light but "decided to make up for weight by (legitimate) ferocity", and ended up on the team and 'with colours'. He also encouraged Michael to keep an eye on his younger brother Christopher.