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I began work on this post maybe two weeks ago. It's not much, but in the afterglow of victory it's important to remember where we've been and what happened as we discuss where we're going.

"As when death smites the swollen brooding thing that inhabits their crawling hill and holds them all in sway, ants will wander witless and purposeless and then feebly die, so the creatures of Sauron, orc or troll or beast spell-enslaved, ran hither and thither mindless; and some slew themselves, or cast themselves in pits, or fled wailing back to hide in holes and dark lightless places far from hope.

--JRR Tolkien, The Return of the King

Originally posted to MNP on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 04:57 AM PST.

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