I was much amused by your account of your journeyto Jo'burg on Maundy Thursday....If you fetch up at Bloemfontein I shall wonder if the if the little old stone bank-house (Bank of South Africa) where I was born is still standing. And I wonder if my Father's grave is there still. I have never done anything about it, but I believe my mother has a stone-cross put up or sent out. (A.R. Tolkien died in 1896). If not it will be lost now, prob., unless there are any records....
..end of January1921 Caape Town offered him the post. In many ways he would have liked to accept. It would have meant a return to the land of his birth, and he always wanted to see South Arica again.
I highly reccommend the book 'Tolkein' by Humphrey Carpenter.
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