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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 266
RecipientMichael George Tolkien
Date6 January 1965
Subject(s)Not yet finished Middle English Poems

Letter 266 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien's grandson was studying English at St. Andrew’s University and Tolkien apologized that his translations of the Middle English poems Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl were not ready to assist him. It was very difficult to render verse into verse when translating, yet Tolkien felt that his version gave a reader a more direct impression of the poem’s impact.