Brief Fact about Tolkien

JRR Tolkien, to his daughter, Priscilla: “So far I have felt the normal feelings of a man of my age — like an old tree that is losing all its leaves one by one: this feels like an axe-blow near the roots.”

“This” is the news that his friend, C.S. Lewis, had died unexpectedly.

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  • Emily

    Wow… Thanks for sharing. Where did you happen upon this fact/quote?

  • Ben Wheaton

    It’s in “The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,” ed. Humphrey Carpenter, letter #251. I recommend reading the whole collection.

  • My dad bought that book for me many years ago when I went off to college. It’s been through many moves and a flood, but I still have it and refer to it often.

  • Emily

    Thanks, Ben.

  • I took a class at Gordon-Conwell called Tolkien’s Apocalyptic Imagination, taught by Sean McDonough. As you can expect simply by the title, it was amazing. Like Lewis, he was a towering intellect, though we Protestants don’t often think of him like that. There is a wealth of rich, theological reflection in his works, however.

  • Scot:

    This quote made my day. Reading McGrath’s commentary right now.