Chris Tolkien in WW2?

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Chris Tolkien in WW2?

Post#1 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:06 pm

Does anyone know where I can find any info on Christopher and Michael Tolkien's service in WW2? I've read J.R.R. Tolkien: A biography and Tolkien and the Great War but I've only been able to gather than Michael Tolkien was an anti-aircraft gunner in World War 2 and Christopher joined the Royal Airforce in South Africa. I've searched the net and can't find anymore info on this.

Does anyone know where I can find out more about their service? There should be a book on this. Tolkien's biography mentions their service in one sentence.

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Chris Tolkien in WW2?

Post#2 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:49 am

Letters also doesn't mention more than what's in Tolkien's biography; I think your best bet is contacting the Tolkien Society and ask them.

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Post#3 » Sun Jan 21, 2007 5:51 pm

In the letters before each one there is a little paragraph that says who the letter is to and often what they were doing and in the letters themselves if you read th em carefully it tells what the boys were doing, where they were stationed and how t hey were doing.
For instance :
79 From a leter to Christopher Tolkien
( a reply to Christopher's comments in Kroonstad where he was stationed and on Johannesburg)

or 81
(Christopher had moved to a camp in Transvaal.

As you read through the letters JRR talks a great deal about what his boys are doing and his grief at Christopher flying a plane for the RAF which to him is a 'machine' and evil. He even talks about Rayner Unwin, the boy now grown up that originally read his first entered work and approved of it to his father the publisher.Really if you read enough letters you will learn enough anyway.
At one point he talks about his three sons finally being all at Trinity at the same time.

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