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- 17 - Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien, younger brother to J.R.R. Tolkien, is born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
- Mabel, Hilary, and Ronald take a train to the coast near Cape Town so Ronald can be in the cooler air.
- After they return home a trip to England is decided as Mabel dislikes the hot climate and the Bloemfontein lifestyle, even though Arthur is happy with it.
- "My first Christmas memory is of blazing sun, drawn curtains and a drooping eucalyptus" (Letter 163)
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