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Very nicely stated

squire
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Feb 1 2013, 8:38pm


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I would only suggest that even Christopher Tolkien warns us that his father did not necessarily abandon concepts from earlier stories even if he left them out of later versions. The presence of a contradictory new "fact" or idea in a later version is more suggestive that the earlier idea is to be abandoned, of course; but as we know from the letters, notes, and general tone of The History of Middle-Earth and Unfinished Tales, even publication did not keep Tolkien from considering further changes which he only occasionally got the chance to execute in later editions of his published works.

It is certainly sensible, as you advocate, to pay attention to the evolution in time of his thought using whatever evidence we can find. But I am leery of any general principle that his more recent writings vs. earlier ones, or his published vs. unpublished work, inevitably has more clear "authority" when we attempt to interpret Tolkien's world and ideas.



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        Great Poem Indeed rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Jan 31 2013, 2:29am
            It is certainly a great topic to debate squire Send a private message to squire Feb 1 2013, 3:14am
                a "most" dangerous discussion rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Feb 1 2013, 3:32pm
                    ATB was published after LOTR. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 1 2013, 5:55pm
                        yes yes it was rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Feb 1 2013, 6:14pm
                        thats where the confusion came from rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Feb 1 2013, 6:22pm
                            Tolkien did alter the poem for its 1962 re-publication. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Feb 1 2013, 7:51pm
                    Very nicely stated squire Send a private message to squire Feb 1 2013, 8:38pm
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