Eileen Elgar 24 December 1971
- Contents: Tolkien writes about the death of Edith. He also writes that he thinks Pauline Baynes's Hobbit poster map is better than A Map of Middle-earth; he is glad Elgar liked the Narnia books, although he himself is not fond of them; and he discusses the naming of pets after Hobbits (commenting that Hilary has a dog which is called Bilbo when being good, and Baggins when being bad).
- Publication: Descriptions of the letter appeared in Sotheby's English Literature and English History 6-7 December 1984 and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology. An excerpt concerning Narnia was published in Mythlore 121/122.
"[Edith] was my Lúthien Tinúviel, with her river [sic? as transcribed, for "raven"] hair and fair face and bright starry eyes"
"I am glad that you have discovered Narnia. These stories are deservedly very popular; but since you ask if I like them I am afraid the answer is No. I do not like 'allegory', and least of all religious allegory of this kind. But that is a difference of taste which we both recognized and did not interfere with our friendship."
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