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Letter 97 is the ninty-seventh letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Tolkien reports squandering time composing a letter to the Catholic Herald (distributed as "The Name Coventry"). A sentimentalist journalist had expounded on the derivation of Coventry; in the event that somebody said it didn't originate from Convent then that was not "with regards to Catholic custom". Tolkien calls the author a boob. Religious community had entered English after 1200 A.D. what's more, had signified "get together"; the importance of "abbey" was not recorded before 1795. Being irritated, Tolkien inquired as to whether he needed to change the name of Oxford to Doncaster, yet thought him excessively dumb, making it impossible to see the mellow joke.

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