Letter to Bruce Mitchell

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At an unknown date, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Bruce Mitchell.[1]

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'I think we fail to grasp imaginatively the pagan "heroic" temper, the almost animal pride and ferocity of "nobles" and champions on the one hand; or on the other the immense relief and hope of Christian ethical teaching amidst a world with savage values.'


  1. "On Old English. 1988", TolkienBooks.net (accessed 21 January 2012)