Lord of The Rings

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Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:35 pm Post

Mr Mark,
Tis nought but an Audio-book of The Silmarillion, read by he of the dulcet toned voice, Mr Martin Shaw.
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:50 am Post

The action parts of the book are never done in detail, they win a battle in two paragraphs and go on to talk some more about good tobacco, or tea.

Probably an illustration of the tale's realism. Tolkien was a signal officer in the trenches of WWI and, if I remember right, participated in the horrors of the Somme. After a battle, those who were part of it typically talk about tobacco, tea, coffee or the like. The battle itself is too grim and painful to bring up. It's those who weren't dodging bullets who talk tactics.

I just read a book written during WWII by one of three Navy aviators who survived over a month on a raft in the Pacific. As they drifted, they talked constantly about food and particularly coffee.

--Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien (LOTR chronology)