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Letter 80

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 80
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date3 September 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.

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