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Letter 50

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 50
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date25 October 1943
Subject(s)October trees, Air Raid Warden business, visiting with notables

Letter 50 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien reported to his son that the poplars were then leafless (except for one top spray), yet it was still a green and leafy late October. This time was when birches look most beautiful, with snow-white skin and remaining leaves shining fallow-gold. He had to sleep at the Area H.Q.[notes 1] that Friday, but was looking forward to visiting C.S. Lewis and C.E.M. Joad the next night.


  1. An Air Raid Wardens office in the North Oxford area.