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Letter 44

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Revision as of 22:43, 9 June 2011

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 44
RecipientMichael Tolkien
Date18 March 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.