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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Aug 04, 2011

it was amazing
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This could be described as "the glory of Germanic culture without Naziism." Tolkien saw a number of items that are either not noticed in the world, or not harmonized: 1) Germanic literature has an austere cultural beauty about it; 2) Modernism has no beauty; 2) Hitler rightly reacted to the decadence of democracies; 3) Hitler's actions would destroy the beauty of Germanic culture; 4) There would be no winners in WW2.

Besides brilliant commentary and background on the LotR, we gain insight into JRR's cultural views. He was an Agrarian (and not a Green Hippie) who hated both socialism and godless capitalism. He believed in a distributist system like Chesterton and Belloc.

My favorite part was how he loved languages.
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