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The '''Orange Free State''' (Afrikaans: ''Oranje Vrystaat'') (Dutch: ''Oranje Vrijstaat''), now part of the '''Republic of South Africa''', is the country in which [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] was born. He lived there from his birth in [[1892]] until April [[1895]]. In [[1944]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] spent time there in a training camp of the Royal Air Force, during which he sent many letters to his father, and his father many to him. The main subjects in these letters were places of nostalgia, and chapters of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.
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The '''Republic of the Orange Free State''' (Dutch: ''Oranje Vrijstaat'') was an independent [[wikipedia:Boer|Boer]] republic in southern Africa, now a [[wikipedia:Free State|province]] of the [[wikipedia:Republic of South Africa|Republic of South Africa]]. [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] was born there in [[1892]]—his father [[Arthur Tolkien]] headed the [[wikipedia:Bloemfontein|Bloemfontein]] branch of a British bank—but returned to England with his mother at the age of three.
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In [[1944]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] spent time in Free State Province, training for the Royal Air Force. During this stay he [[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien|corresponded]] extensively with his father about the elder Tolkien's  reminiscences of South Africa, as well as newly written chapters of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.
  
 
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The Republic of the Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje Vrijstaat) was an independent Boer republic in southern Africa, now a province of the Republic of South Africa. J.R.R. Tolkien was born there in 1892—his father Arthur Tolkien headed the Bloemfontein branch of a British bank—but returned to England with his mother at the age of three.

In 1944, Christopher Tolkien spent time in Free State Province, training for the Royal Air Force. During this stay he corresponded extensively with his father about the elder Tolkien's reminiscences of South Africa, as well as newly written chapters of The Lord of the Rings.

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