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Letter to Father Francis Morgan

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'''Father Francis Morgan 8 August 1904''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to Father [[Francis Xavier Morgan]], composed on [[August 8]]th, [[1904]].
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[[File:Father Francis Morgan 8 August 1904.jpg|First page of the letter|thumb]]
  
*'''Comment:''' The letter, a "remarkable code letter" written by the 12-year-old Tolkien, is kept at the [[Bodleian Library]] in [[Oxford]], and ends with the limerick seen below.<ref>"The AB Language Lives" by [[Arne Zettersten]] in ''[[The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien|The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University Collection]]'' (2004)</ref>
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On [[8 August]] [[1904]], [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] wrote '''[[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|a letter]] to [[Francis Xavier Morgan|Father Francis Morgan]]'''.
*'''Authenticity''': High
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*'''Publication:''' An excerpt of the letter was published in ''[[The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien|The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University Collection]]''.
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*'''Description:''' The letter, a "remarkable code letter" written by the 12-year-old Tolkien, is kept at the [[Bodleian Library]] in [[Oxford]], and ends with the limerick seen below.<ref name=AB>"The AB Language Lives" by [[Arne Zettersten]] in ''[[The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien|The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University Collection]]'' (2004)</ref>
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*'''Publication:''' An excerpt of the letter was published in ''[[The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien|The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University Collection]]''.<ref name=AB/> The full letter in colour was published in ''[[Beyond Bree]]'', October 2020 issue, together with a commentary by Denis Bridoux.<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=27591|articlename=Tolkien's 1904 Rebus letter to Father Morgan|dated=|website=Guide|accessed=29 October 2020}}</ref>
  
 
==Excerpt==
 
==Excerpt==
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<poem style="font-style:italic; margin-left:20px;">
''There was an old priest named Francis'' <br>
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There was an old priest named Francis
''Who was so fond of "cheefongy" dances'' <br>
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Who was so fond of "cheefongy" dances
''That he sat up too late'' <br>
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That he sat up too late
''And worried his pate'' <br>
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And worried his pate
''Arranging these Frenchified Prances'' <br>
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Arranging these Frenchified Prances
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</poem>
 
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[[CATEGORY:Letters]]
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[[Category:Letters|Morgan, Francis]]

Latest revision as of 21:14, 29 October 2020

First page of the letter

On 8 August 1904, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Father Francis Morgan.

[edit] Excerpt

There was an old priest named Francis
Who was so fond of "cheefongy" dances
That he sat up too late
And worried his pate
Arranging these Frenchified Prances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The AB Language Lives" by Arne Zettersten in The Invented Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: Drawings and Original Manuscripts from the Marquette University Collection (2004)
  2. "Tolkien's 1904 Rebus letter to Father Morgan", Tolkien Collector's Guide (accessed 29 October 2020)