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Letter 86

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 86
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
DateOctober 23, 1944

Letter 86 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien tells Christopher that he is bored and tired, and then starts to discuss the topic "blasphemy". He does not mind blasphemy against God, and cites Luke 23:34. The Lord would not be pained by linguistic blasphemy (cursing), no matter how "wearisome, saddening and maddening" it is. Far worse would the Lord be pained by the offenses humans commit against one another.