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Letter 251

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 251
RecipientPriscilla Tolkien
Date26 November 1963
Subject(s)C.S. Lewis' funeral.

Letter 251 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien told Priscilla of the funeral service of C.S. Lewis, who had died four days earlier. Tolkien had been feeling the normal feeling of a man of his age - like an old tree slowly losing its leaves. However, the loss of Lewis had been like an axe-blow to the roots. The service was attended by Christopher Tolkien, James Dundas-Grant, Robert Havard, Owen Barfield and several others. Tolkien thanked his daughter for writing.