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Letter 57

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 57
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date30 March 1944
Subject(s)C.S. Lewis pressing Tolkien to finish The Lord of the Rings

Letter 57 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien had seen the Lewis brothers the day before and lunched with C.S. Lewis. The indefatigable Lewis read part of a new story and put pressure on him that Tolkien needed to finish his. Tolkien said he would respond but "vacation" was half gone and the examinations wood only just cleared.