Rehabilitations and Other Essays

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Rehabilitations and Other Essays
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AuthorC.S. Lewis
PublisherOxford University Press
FormatHardcover with dust jacket

Rehabilitations and Other Essays is a collection of essays by C.S. Lewis.

The essay "The Alliterative Metre" includes a mention of an unpublished text by J.R.R. Tolkien: "Professor Tolkien will soon, I hope, be ready to publish an alliterative poem". It remains unknown to which poem Lewis is referring, although suggestions have included "The Fall of Arthur", "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son", "The Lay of the Children of Húrin", or poems included in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.[1]

The essay also includes a poem (p. 122) about himself and Tolkien "in a Berkshire bar" where they meet a man claiming to have seen a dragon.[1][note 1] Tolkien commented on the poem in his letter 300.

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  1. The poem reads as:
    We were talking of dragons, Tolkien and I
    In a Berkshire bar. The big workman
    Who had sat silent and sucked his pipe
    All the evening, from his empty mug
    With gleaming eye glanced towards us;
    ‘I seen ’em myself’, he said fiercely.