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In [[C.S. Lewis]]'s ''Rehabilitations'' there was a short poem in which Tolkien and Lewis, while discussing [[dragons]], heard a workman in the bar claimed to have seen dragons himself.  About the poem, Tolkien said that Jack<ref group="note">"Jack" was Lewis's nickname.</ref> had produced lines that were not entirely accurate examples of Old English metrical devices.  The occasion was fictitious, Tolkien never having seen a dragon or any man who said he had.  Tolkien recalled Jack telling him a story about F.E. Brightman, an ecclesiastical scholar.  One night there was a discussion in the Common Room about dragons and Brightman said, "I have seen a dragon."  "Where was that?"  "On the Mount of Olives", Brightman replied, never explaining then or later what he meant.
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In [[C.S. Lewis]]'s ''[[Rehabilitations and Other Essays]]'' there was a short poem in which Tolkien and Lewis, while discussing [[dragons]], heard a workman in the bar claimed to have seen dragons himself.  About the poem, Tolkien said that Jack<ref group="note">"Jack" was Lewis's nickname.</ref> had produced lines that were not entirely accurate examples of Old English metrical devices.  The occasion was fictitious, Tolkien never having seen a dragon or any man who said he had.  Tolkien recalled Jack telling him a story about F.E. Brightman, an ecclesiastical scholar.  One night there was a discussion in the Common Room about dragons and Brightman said, "I have seen a dragon."  "Where was that?"  "On the Mount of Olives", Brightman replied, never explaining then or later what he meant.
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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 300
RecipientWalter Hooper
DateFebruary 20, 1968
Subject(s)Seeing dragons

Letter 300 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

In C.S. Lewis's Rehabilitations and Other Essays there was a short poem in which Tolkien and Lewis, while discussing dragons, heard a workman in the bar claimed to have seen dragons himself. About the poem, Tolkien said that Jack[note 1] had produced lines that were not entirely accurate examples of Old English metrical devices. The occasion was fictitious, Tolkien never having seen a dragon or any man who said he had. Tolkien recalled Jack telling him a story about F.E. Brightman, an ecclesiastical scholar. One night there was a discussion in the Common Room about dragons and Brightman said, "I have seen a dragon." "Where was that?" "On the Mount of Olives", Brightman replied, never explaining then or later what he meant.

Note

  1. "Jack" was Lewis's nickname.