The poignant last words of Geoffrey Smith (a poet) to Tolkien (a life long childhood friend and schoolmate):

I am a wild and whole-hearted admirer, and my chief consolation is, that if I am scuppered to-night — I am off on duty in a few minutes — there will still be left a member of the great T.C.B.S. to voice what I dreamed and what we all agreed upon. For the death of one of its members cannot, I am determined, dissolve the T.C.B.S… Yes, publish…. You I am sure are chosen, like Saul among the Children of Israel. Make haste, before you come out to this orgy of death and cruelty… May God bless you, my dear John Ronald, and may you say the things I have tried to say long after I am not there to say them, if such be my lot.


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