Anonymous ID: 272df4 Aug. 6, 2022, 7:53 a.m. No.17076388   🗄️.is 🔗kun

time for thought.

It was during 1944 that, leaving the loose ends and perplexities of a war

which it was my task to conduct, or at least to report, 1 forced myself to

tackle the journey ofFRUDEAUto Moore'sDoor. These chapters, eventually to become

Book Four, were written and sent out as a serial to my son, Christopher, then

in South Africa with the RAF. Nonetheless it took another five years before

the tale was brought to its present end; in that time I changed my house, my

chair, and my college, and the days though less dark were no less laborious.

Then when the 'end' had at last been reached the whole story had to be

revised, and indeed largely re-written backwards. And it had to be typed, and

re-typed: by me; the cost of professional typing by the ten-fingered was

beyond my means.

The Lord of the Rings has been read by many people since it finally

appeared in print; and I should like to say something here with reference to

the many opinions or guesses that I have received or have read concerning the

motives and meaning of the tale. The prime motive was the desire of a taleteller to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of

readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply

move them. As a guide I had only my own feelings for what is appealing or