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Letter 86

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 86
RecipientChristopher Tolkien
Date23 October 1944

Letter 86 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien told Christopher that he was bored and tired, and then discussed the topic "blasphemy". He did not mind blasphemy against God, and cites Luke 23:34. The Lord would not be pained by linguistic blasphemy (cursing), no matter how "wearisome, saddening and maddening" it was. Far worse would the Lord be pained by the offenses humans commit against one another.