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Letter 54

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 54
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date8 January 1944
Subject(s)Religious exhortations

Letter 54 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Remember your guardian angel, exhorted Tolkien, she was not a plump lady with swan-wings! As free-willed creatures we are able to face God but He is also behind us to support and nourish us, and the angel was there to help.

Tolkien recommended that Christopher make a habit of the "praises", which he used in Latin, listing his favorites.[note 1]


  1. One he listed was the Litany of Loretto with the prayer Sub tuum præsidium. Tolkien created a Quenya translation of the prayer called "Ortírielyanna".