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Letter 44

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| date=[[1941#March|March 18]], [[1941]]
 
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| subject=[[Mabel Suffield]], Catholicism
 
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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
Tolkien tells Michael of his [[Mabel Suffield|mother]]'s family, who are from Worcestershire. Mabel - to whom Michael owed much - was beautiful and full of wit, but died too soon for her age (38 years old), due to disease and religious persecution.
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Tolkien told [[Michael Tolkien (b. 1920)|Michael]] of his [[Mabel Suffield|mother]]'s family, who were from Worcestershire. Mabel - to whom Michael owed much - was beautiful and full of wit, but died too soon for her age (38 years old), due to disease and religious persecution.
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
Mabel Suffield and her sister were more or less erased from Suffield family history for converting to Catholicism. Tolkien considered this a grave misdeed against his mother. He would write of it again in letters [[Letter 142|142]], [[letter 250|250]] and [[letter 267|267]].
 
Mabel Suffield and her sister were more or less erased from Suffield family history for converting to Catholicism. Tolkien considered this a grave misdeed against his mother. He would write of it again in letters [[Letter 142|142]], [[letter 250|250]] and [[letter 267|267]].
 
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Revision as of 22:24, 27 May 2011

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 44
RecipientMichael Tolkien
DateMarch 18, 1941
Subject(s)Mabel Suffield, Catholicism

Letter 44 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Tolkien told Michael of his mother's family, who were from Worcestershire. Mabel - to whom Michael owed much - was beautiful and full of wit, but died too soon for her age (38 years old), due to disease and religious persecution.

Notes

Mabel Suffield and her sister were more or less erased from Suffield family history for converting to Catholicism. Tolkien considered this a grave misdeed against his mother. He would write of it again in letters 142, 250 and 267.