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Letter 68

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 68
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date12 May 1944
Subject(s)On the way to Mordor in The Lord of the Rings

Letter 68 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Tolkien spent a morning writing and was within sight of Minas Morghul.[note 1] He had not gotten new copies typed to send to Christopher because he was pushing on and could not wait to make fair copies. He made up a sentence between Faramir to Frodo: "When you return to the lands of the living, and we re-tell our tales, sitting by a wall in the sun, laughing at old grief, you shall tell me then."[note 2]

[edit] Notes

  1. "Morgul" was still "Morghul" at this time.
  2. A similar line appears at the end of "The Forbidden Pool" chapter in The Lord of the Rings: "If ever beyond hope you return to the lands of the living and we retell our tales, sitting by a wall in the sun, laughing at old grief, you shall tell me then."