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But I should say, if asked, the tale is not really about Power and Dominion: that only sets the wheels going; it is about Death and the desire for deathlessness. Which is hardly more than to say it is a tale written by a Man!
 
 
 
-Tolkien, J. R. R. Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. #203. To Herbert Schiro. 17 November 1957
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