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Why inconsistency in Tolkien’s canon is actually a good thing

The Doors of Night by John Howe The quest for Middle-earth canon. In some ways it always feels a bit of a Sisyphean endeavour.

You know the story of the mythological Greek king, Sisyphus, right?

For those who don’t recall, Sisyphus was just too crafty for his own good. So the Greek gods, never tolerant of being made to look foolish, designed for him the most frustrating of punishments: Sisyphus was compelled to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill. Just before he could reach the top, it would roll back down, forcing him to begin all over again. (more…)

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