Letter to John Leyerle

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


"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]