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Old 01-06-2011, 04:12 AM   #110
Findegil
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I think you could find examples for everything, story told in letters that are in agreement with the Silmarillion, letters in which Tolkien altered the story told in the Silmarillion and storys that are told in letters in such a way that you are wondering how he could have meant the same story but were we have later scripts that show that in the Silmarillion the story was unchanged.

Therefore if their is a clear contardiction a letter might rule out an earlyer script, but as long as they can be reconciled, I would go with the combined story.

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