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Letter 5

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 5
RecipientG. B. Smith
DateAugust 12, 1916
Subject(s)T.C.B.S.
World War I

Letter 5 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Geoffrey Bache Smith had sent Tolkien a letter from fellow Barrovian Christopher Wiseman. After the death of Robert Gilson, Wiseman wondered whether the T.C.B.S. still had any purpose. Tolkien thought so, and went on to tell Smith about his ideas of friendship. He remarked of the War: "[it] is for all the evil of our own side with large view good against evil".