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Letter 334

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 334
RecipientRayner Unwin
Date30 March 1972
Subject(s)Thanking Rayner for his help during Tolkien's C.B.E. awarding

Letter 334 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Tolkien was grateful for Rayner's assistance, for himself, John Tolkien, and Priscilla Tolkien.[note 1] He enjoyed the party, the hotel accommodation were excellent, and when it rained at 6 a.m. he knew that it would clear up later for the occasion. The ceremonies inside the Palace had been a little tedious and comic, but Tolkien had been deeply moved by his brief meeting with the Queen.

Tolkien asked if Rayner would use Tolkien's Christian name since they were now very old and dear friends.

[edit] Note

  1. Tolkien received the C.B.E. at Buckingham Palace on 28 March 1972. Rayner honoured him with a dinner at the Garrick Club and Allen and Unwin had arranged their stay at Brown's Hotel in London.