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Old 04-26-2001, 05:10 PM   #9
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I suggest that it be left ambiguous whether there was really a second Elessar or if it was merely the first returned. JRRT seems to imply in UT that the people of Middle-earth didn't know which was true; though I suppose there are things they wouldn't know, but the reader should. However, in this case it might be important to maintain a distinction between two contradictory stories by Tolkien - in which case we have to sort out which one to use - and two contradictory stories among the loremasters who wrote the tales - in which case the ambiguity is embedded, and can be retained.

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