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Letter 39

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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
This fragment of a letter, dated [[September 29]], [[1940]], was sent to [[Michael Tolkien|Michael]]. During the [[wikipedia:The Blitz|Blitz]], two women, mother and daughter-in-law, were staying with the Tolkiens. They went back to London that morning, and Tolkien comments that he has never seen more simple, helpless, gentle and unhappy souls. Both women were away from their husbands for the first time in their lives, and "would prefer to be blown to bits".
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Tolkien tells his son Michael of two women, mother and daughter-in-law, who were staying with the Tolkiens during the [[wikipedia:The Blitz|Blitz]]. They went back to London that morning, and Tolkien comments that he has never seen more simple, helpless, gentle and unhappy souls. Both women were away from their husbands for the first time in their lives, and "would prefer to be blown to bits".
 
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Revision as of 18:17, 30 August 2010

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 39
RecipientMichael Tolkien
DateSeptember 29, 1940
Subject(s)World War II

Letter 39 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien tells his son Michael of two women, mother and daughter-in-law, who were staying with the Tolkiens during the Blitz. They went back to London that morning, and Tolkien comments that he has never seen more simple, helpless, gentle and unhappy souls. Both women were away from their husbands for the first time in their lives, and "would prefer to be blown to bits".