J.R.R. Tolkien and History as the “Long Defeat”

“I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains… glimpses of final victory”

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“It’s dangerous to go alone!  Take this.” The words jumped out at me as I meandered through the bookstore.  It is a phrase every self-respecting gamer who had grown up with the video games medium from its nascent Golden Age on through the present day knows by heart.  It is arguably among the most famous…