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Letter 80

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 80
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
DateSeptember 3, 1944
Subject(s)G.K. Chesterton

Letter 80 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien tells Christopher of his attempts to teach Priscilla the meaning of [G.K. Chesterton]]'s The Ballad of the White Horse. In explaining it, he realizes the poem was not as good as he thought, and Chesterton was completely oblivious to Northern culture, both Christian and Heathen.