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Letter 251

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 251
RecipientPriscilla Tolkien
Date26 November 1963
Subject(s)C.S. Lewis' funeral.

Letter 251 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 Priscilla of the funeral service of C.S. Lewis, who had died four days earlier. Tolkien had been feeling the normal feeling of a man of his age - like an old tree slowly losing its leaves. However, the loss of Lewis had been like an axe-blow to the roots. The service was attended by Christopher Tolkien, James Dundas-Grant, Robert Havard, Owen Barfield and several others. Tolkien thanked his daughter for writing.