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| to=[[Christopher Tolkien]]
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| date=[[6 May]] [[1944]]
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| subject=War, ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', [[Faramir]]
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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
This fragment of an airgraph, dated [[May 6]], [[1944]], is written to [[Christopher Tolkien|Christopher]]. Tolkien first expresses some comments about the slow airgraph system. The Professor and his son write a lot, but since their letters arrive late, they cannot reply properly. He then relates some memories of training camp, and comments about the war. He sees the war as a battle against [[Sauron]] with the [[One Ring|Ring]], but someway they are winning it. The penalty for this war is, however, creating new Saurons, and turning [[Men]] and [[Elves]] into [[Orcs]]. He sees his son as "a [[Hobbits|hobbit]] among the [[Uruk-hai|Urukhai]]".
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Tolkien expressed some comments about the slow airgraph system. The Professor and his son wrote a lot, but since their letters arrived late, they could not reply properly. He then related some memories of training camp, and comments about the war. He saw the war as a battle against [[Sauron]] with the [[The One Ring|Ring]], but somehow they are winning it. The penalty for this war was, however, creating new Saurons, and turning [[Men]] and [[Elves]] into [[Orcs]]. He saw his son as "a [[Hobbits|hobbit]] among the [[Uruk-hai|Urukhai]]".
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The next topic was the current state of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', where a new character had entered the scene: ''"(I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of [[Ithilien]]): [[Faramir]], brother of [[Boromir]]"''.  Tolkien reported that there had been a battle, which included a monstrous [[Oliphaunts|Oliphaunt]], but he looked forward to getting [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] and [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] to [[Cirith Ungol|Kirith Ungol]] at last.
  
The next topic is the current state of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', where a new character has entered the scene: ''"(I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of [[Ithilien]]): [[Faramir|Faramir]], brother of [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]]"''.
 
==External links==
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-mail V-mail], a mail system similar to airgraph, at Wikipedia.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 22:58, 9 June 2011

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 66
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date6 May 1944
Subject(s)War, The Lord of the Rings, Faramir

Letter 66 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Tolkien expressed some comments about the slow airgraph system. The Professor and his son wrote a lot, but since their letters arrived late, they could not reply properly. He then related some memories of training camp, and comments about the war. He saw the war as a battle against Sauron with the Ring, but somehow they are winning it. The penalty for this war was, however, creating new Saurons, and turning Men and Elves into Orcs. He saw his son as "a hobbit among the Urukhai".

The next topic was the current state of The Lord of the Rings, where a new character had entered the scene: "(I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien): Faramir, brother of Boromir". Tolkien reported that there had been a battle, which included a monstrous Oliphaunt, but he looked forward to getting Sam and Frodo to Kirith Ungol at last.