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Letter 321

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 321
RecipientP. Rorke, S.J.
Date4 February 1971
Subject(s)The Glittering Caves and their inspiration

Letter 321 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien writes that he was most pleased by Rorke's reference to the description of the "glittering caves", which no other critic had picked out for special mention. Tolkien said he based them on the caves in Cheddar Gorge. He had revisited them in 1940 but his main memory was from a visit during his honeymoon.