Letter: Elfin expletive

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Elfin expletive

Sir: Though I have no wish to cast doubt on CS Lewis's ability to utter colourful expletives, the one reported by Boyd Tonkin ("Enduring spell of a trilogy that leaves the critics cold", 20 January) is, in fact, attributed to Hugo Dyson, another member of the Inklings. Lewis is unlikely to have effed about elves, as The Lord of the Rings would never have been completed without his constant encouragement.

COLIN DURIEZ

Leicester

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