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Letter 353

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 353
RecipientLord Halsbury
Date4 August 1973

Letter 353 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien thanked Lord Halsbury in advance for whisky that Halsbury sent, and thought back of when Halsbury came to visit, on July 26. The fragment ended with a statement about Galadriel. She was "unstained", not part of the deeds of Fëanor. She longed for dwelling in Middle-earth, and had the misfortune that at her time of departure, Manwë spoke his ban on emigration.


By stating Galadriel had no part in the crimes of Fëanor, Tolkien contradicted himself; in Letter 320, he said she was a "leader in the rebellion against the Valar".