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    jbsoul, Fordmandalay

    which perfectly augment this diary. I like their elegant fairy-tale simplicity.

    I've read LOTR at least once a year since the '80s, and I always find something new in it . . . the characters are like old friends, and I enjoy visiting with them. . . . I've known them so long, I've probably built character and motivations into them myself!
    However much literary craft Tolkien poured into his work (and I think he poured in a great deal, but was just crafting in new directions instead of the paths we were used to), he poured all of himself into it. There is so much humanity and heart in his work. He shared with us everything he loved or held precious, as well as what he feared.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 08:19:06 PM PDT

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