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Letter to John Leyerle

On 28 April 1967, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to John Leyerle.[1]

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"I have at present given up the task [of translating The Owl and the Nightingale] It comes off well enough in certain passages, but in general octo-syllabic couplets are defeating for a translator; there is no room to move".[2]

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  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 697
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, p. 771