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Apr 2 2009, 5:35pm

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Fair enough, although

I think in his private moments Tolkien could also be pretty pessimistic about the survival of Faerie in what he called the Robot Age. But to judge by the success of LotR, he tapped into a widespread discontent with the Industrial Age. Of course, various people have been tapping into that discontent from the very beginning of the Industrial Age.

I think the ending of Smith of Wootton Major is more like the very end of LotR, when the Red Book is preserved in the Shire, but the majority of hobbits remain unaware of what happened, and much of the magic has left Middle-earth forever. There's a melancholy strain to that ending that is different from the eucatastrophe when the Ring was unmade. It's no longer a wild, public celebration, but a quiet, private joy, and a determination to keep something alive even though most people are unaware of it.

(This post was edited by Curious on Apr 2 2009, 5:41pm)

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