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What is the internal order of Christopher Tolkien's last three books in the Middle-earth legendarium?

TL;DR: There are events interleaved between the three, but roughly speaking Beren and Lúthien precedes The Children of Húrin which precedes The Fall of Gondolin. Throughout his life, Tolkien worked ...
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What essentially does Tolkien mean by "Fall, Mortality and The Machine"?

There’s a lot to unpack here, as you might imagine when an author tries to sum up his life’s work in three words. Fall By “fall” Tolkien means “descent or lapse into a sinful state”. This idea comes ...
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Why does Tolkien keep referring to the Fellowship as "the Company"?

A "company" can be a group of people that are associated with each other, especially for the purpose of accomplishing a goal or task. It doesn't have to refer exclusively to a commercial ...
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What essentially does Tolkien mean by "Fall, Mortality and The Machine"?

A nice bit of scholarship. I haven’t read the books of the Professor’s letter so perhaps my views are limited by that. I had always considered that it is important to note Melkor’s motivation as not ...
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