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Old 03-29-2001, 10:57 AM   #1
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Did he sugarcoat the original Silmarillion too much for its public acceptance, or did he add class and organization to a broad, spotty, rough draft? I honestly don't know too much about the original, proposed draft, what about you guys?

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Old 03-29-2001, 12:25 PM   #2
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Re: Christopher Tolkien--JRR's Max or George Martin?

A short reply is that he took a mass of confusing manuscritps some of it in old faded pencil, none of the more suitable versions complete and w/ a moderate to minimum [depending on your view] amount of editing gave us the work we have today.
It is largely reflective of the the work of JRRT as it stood around the LotR [ although some is later] and does not take many additions, revisions and appendices created after the LotR into account although in the wording of names things are usually given the final forms and essy's written some over the course of another 20 + years .

Is it perfect?
CRT himself admits he would do things differently.
Is it a hatchet job?
by no means the 77 [as I tend to call it] is a very good read - and he has valiantly made up for any deficiencies in the 77 by publishing darn near everything in Unfinished Tales and the 12 Volume 'History of Middle-Earth' series.

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Re: Christopher Tolkien--JRR's Max or George Martin?

The degree in which CT engaged in &quot;editorial meddling&quot; is not entirely clear. He obviously engaged in a lot of cut and paste work. He admits that he wrote The Fall of Doriath himself. He concedes some of his editorial decisions were ill-advised or that some such decisions were made in the absence of knowledge of other existing manuscripts whose use may have been more appropriate. Some curse him, others praise him. I feel he did the best he could in quickly completing a daunting task, but sometimes wish he took more time.

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