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Letter 338

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 338
RecipientFr. Douglas Carter
Date6? June 1972
Subject(s)No reunion for the Ents and Entwives

Letter 338 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Carter had asked if the Ents ever found the Entwives. Tolkien said he did not know, having written nothing beyond the first few years of the Fourth Age, except for the beginning of a tale set at the end of the reign of Eldaron[note 1] This tale concerned the restlessness and boredom of Men in the years of the King’s Peace.[note 2][1] Tolkien thought that Treebeard's song of the Ent and the Entwife[2] made it plain that there would be no reunion in "history".

Dealing with the Greek language made Tolkien feel like a renegade, though he once knew something about it. He preferred Latin.

[edit] Note

  1. This was probably a misspelling of "Eldarion".
  2. This unfinished tale is "The New Shadow" from The Peoples of Middle-earth.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XVI. The New Shadow"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"