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Letter 230

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 230
RecipientRhona Beare
Date8 June 1961
Subject(s)Aragorn, Languages

Letter 230 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Rhona Beare had a number of questions about the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings which Tolkien answered:

  • Aragorn's boast that he was of Númenor "unmingled" referred to his paternal line of ancestry.[1]
  • Treebeard was using ancient Elvish in an Entish fashion in his songs, not Entish sounds. Tolkien listed the elements of his songs with translations.[2]
  • Treebeard's greeting to Celeborn and Galadriel meant "O beautiful ones, parents of beautiful children."[4]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Flight to the Ford"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Many Partings"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"