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Letter 92

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 92
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date18 December 1944
Subject(s)War, C.S. Lewis

Letter 92 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien lamented his son's stay in the Royal Air Force, which he considered a modern Moloch (in this sense, an institution demanding costly sacrifices). He then said that his wishes were in vain, and he still feared the "war-aircraft".[1]

He then discussed the writing plans of C.S. Lewis and himself. They were both writing at the time, and considered writing a book together.[2]


  1. When Tolkien fought in the World War I, planes were used to strike fear into the troops in the trenches. Though their role had changed by 1944, Tolkien still held them in "special horror".
  2. It is not quite clear what books they were working on. Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien suggest The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for Lewis, and The Notion Club Papers for Tolkien. The book they planned to write together - Language and Human Nature - was never published.