Friday 17 September 2010

History becoming more mythical... Tolkien quote

"Sometimes I have a queer feeling that, if one could go back, one would find not myth dissolving into history, but rather the reverse: real history becoming more mythical - more shapely, simple, discernably significant, even at close quarters. More poetical, and less prosaic, if you like."

Wilfrid Trewin Jeremy speaking in The Notion Club Papers, JRR Tolkien's unfinished novel published in Sauron Defeated - The History of Middle Earth Volume IX. 1992, page 227.

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