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On [[14 February]] [[1896]], a five-year-old [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] wrote '''[[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|a letter]] to [[Arthur Tolkien]]'''.<ref>{{CG|C}}, p. 3</ref>
  
'''Arthur Tolkien 14 February 1896''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], aged five, to his father  [[Arthur Tolkien]], written on [[14 February]] [[1896]].<ref>{{CG|C}}, p. 3</ref>
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*'''Description:''' The letter was dictated by Tolkien to his nurse, but was never sent since his mother [[Mabel Suffield|Mabel]] received a telegram on the same day saying that Arthur had [[Wikipedia:Bleeding|haemorrhaged]] (he died on the following day). It is the earliest known  letter composed by Tolkien.<ref name=Life>Judith Priestman, ''[[Tolkien: Life and Legend]]'', p. 11</ref>
 
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*'''Description:''' The letter was dictated by Tolkien to his nurse, but was never sent since his mother [[Mabel Suffield|Mabel]] received a telegram on the same day saying that Arthur had [[Wikipedia:Bleeding|haemorrhaged]] (he died on the following day). It is the earliest known  letter composed by Tolkien.<ref>Judith Priestman, ''[[Tolkien: Life and Legend]]'', p. 11</ref>
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*'''Publication:''' The letter was quoted in ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]]'' (p. 16). A reproduction of the letter appeared in ''[[Tolkien: Life and Legend]]'' (p. 11).
 
*'''Publication:''' The letter was quoted in ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]]'' (p. 16). A reproduction of the letter appeared in ''[[Tolkien: Life and Legend]]'' (p. 11).
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*'''Archive:''' [[Bodleian Library]] (Family papers 1/33(9)).<ref name=Life/>
  
 
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On 14 February 1896, a five-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Arthur Tolkien.[1]

  • Description: The letter was dictated by Tolkien to his nurse, but was never sent since his mother Mabel received a telegram on the same day saying that Arthur had haemorrhaged (he died on the following day). It is the earliest known letter composed by Tolkien.[2]
  • Publication: The letter was quoted in J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (p. 16). A reproduction of the letter appeared in Tolkien: Life and Legend (p. 11).
  • Archive: Bodleian Library (Family papers 1/33(9)).[2]

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"I am so glad I am coming back to see you it is such a long time since we came away from you I hope the ship will bring us all back to you Mamie and Baby and me ... I am got such a big man now because I have got a man's coat and a mans [sic] bodice ... Auntie Gracie [Grace Mountain née Tolkien] has been to see us I walk every day and only ride in my mailcart a little bit ... your loving Ronald."
― J.R.R. Tolkien

References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Judith Priestman, Tolkien: Life and Legend, p. 11