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TCG Letter #530 / Carpenter Letter #181

J.R.R. Tolkien
Michael Straight
?December 1955
Tolkien responds to a reviewer's questions about The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien discusses that the story is meant to be enjoyed as a fairy tale. He mentions Frodo's final scene, Elves and Men, the departure of the Ringbearers and characters like Elrond and Galadriel, Gandalf's unique situation as a wizard and then Tolkien concludes by expressing the importance of The Tale of Arwen and Aragorn as part of the story.
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 232-37, p. 446 (Carpenter notes)
Pity, Power, and Tolkien's Ring: To Rule the Fate of Many, pp. 5, 8, 59, 131-2, 134, 166, 244-5, 248, 254, 263, 280n18
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 348-54, p. 637 (notas de Carpenter)
Craig A. Boyd, "Nolo Heroizari: Tolkien and Aquinas on the Humble Journey of Master Samwise" in Christianity & Literature 2019, Vol. 68(4), p. 607
Marco Cristini "The Fall of Two Cities: Troy and Gondolin." Thersites 15 (2022), p. 16 note 66

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