Letter 40 is the fortieth letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Michael Tolkien volunteered for armed force benefit in September 1939. He was advised to burn through one year at a college and afterward enroll. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, however then left in the mid year of 1940 to prepare as a hostile to flying machine heavy armament specialist. J.R.R. Tolkien composed that he was sad that Michael's Varsity profession had been cut in two. Tolkien philosophized that what we are and do in the present is the thing that matters, not gets ready for the future, but rather found that limited consolidation when considering the exercise in futility and militarism of the armed force. He expressed that after he was pitched into the armed force he had been brimming with stuff to compose and things to learn, however had never lifted it all up again.

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