This letter is predominantly concerned with The Hobbit's distribution. It would possess the fair elusive beauty some called Celtic, be "high", fit for adult minds of a land steeped in poetry. To achieve the dominion he had, Sauron was obliged to lodge much of his own inherent power into the One Ring. The Silmarillion was peculiar, differing from all similar things in not being anthropocentric but Elf-centered. VOTE Current Tags: None Publications. Second Age and early Third. Absurd. That seemed fatal. Generations later we find they were not; as many other minds, artists, and hands have since played within Arda. Tolkien Letters 131. The Silmarillion is a collection of J.R.R. Oxford Address. Also any possessor would be mastered by a lust for the Ring, such that that person could not injure it, cast it away, or neglect it. Close. Swiftly came the History of the Elves or The Silmarillion proper: Our world, but still in half-mythical mode, with rational incarnates comparable to our stature. In a side note Tolkien explained that they were really a branch of the human race and thus could easily dwell together at Bree. They were to dwell in the Lonely Isle of Eressëa within sight of the Blessed Realm. Either or both lead to the desire of Power to make the will more effective and to the Machine (or Magic). There were allusions to the history of the Elves, the fall of Gondolin, and so on. without saying too much: the attempt to say a few words opens a floodgate of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas with this delightful video! He quickly gained sway over the king and seduced him and most people with his lies. The chief of the gods dwelt in the Void, who would conquer in the end and make endless realms there for his servants. He functioned as an ambassador of both Elves and Men to the gods, to rescue the world from the Enemy. - The Letters of JRR Tolkien, Letter #131. noble the simple and vulgar is utterly mean; and without the simple and Posted by 5 months ago. By the latter part of 1951 no definite arrangements for publication had yet been made, and Collins were becoming anxious about the combined length of both books. The Machine was the use of external plans or devices instead of the developing inner powers or talents. Then there was Sauron, chief captain and servant of the Enemy. allusions to the history of the Elves, and to the fall of Gondolin and so on. we hear much of the Shire. no place in any plan for the quest, it proves an essential to success. This did not happen in the North West due to the Elves where only the Faithful, the Elf-friends went. 'magic ring', the chief and only immediately obvious power of which is to make which is nowhere central to these tales, though often important. Elrond is an important character, though his reverence, high It was this that took me later in life to The Letters of J.R.R. By the time of Bilbo the King has long vanished. This essential weakness he introduced into his situation in his largely unsuccessful effort to enslave the Elves, and to control the minds and wills of his servants. Tolkien, particularly through the voice of his (assumedly Elven) narrators, refers to mortality as a gift: “the Doom (or the Gift) of Men is mortality, freedom from the circles of the world (Letters #131, emphasis added). However, an equal passion was for myth and fairy-story; above all heroic legend on the brink of fairy-tale and history. include in it, and wind up, all the elements and motives of what has preceded: to me) I have always been seeking material, things of a certain tone and air, to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and God and the Valar were revealed. Note the lack of capitalization on 'men' in that quote. When he began it he did not know that it belonged, but it proved to be the discovery of the whole with its mode of descent to earth and merging with history. Murray Tolkien says he “cut out” references to religious cults and practices. is imperfectly naturalized, associated with the soil of Britain but not with The generally different tone and style of The Hobbit is due, in point of genesis, "Absurd", concluded Tolkien. Main content. specifically human race (not Elves or I shall inflict some of this on you; but I will append a mere resume Myth and fairy-story must reflect and contain parts of moral and religious truth or error, but not explicitly as in the real world. They became obsessed with "fading", sad, and their arts turned to a kind of embalming, although they retained the old motive of adorning the earth and healing its hurts. Gondor rose to a peak of power, recalling Númenor, but fading to a decayed Middle Age, like an impotent Byzantium. 1955 - J.R.R. The Elves fell because of the possessive attitude of Fëanor and his sons toward the gems. what little is told of their history is in the form of casual allusion as to Continuing the letter on 13 July, Tolkien asked Christopher what he thought of "Lúthien" on her grave. The Enemy slew the Trees out of malice and Valinor was darkened, though before they utterly died the light of the sun and moon were drawn from them. But the highest love-story, of Aragorn and Arwen was only alluded to. mere power, seeking to make itself objective by physical force and mechanism, -Tolkien, Letter #131. course of the Quest, the Hobbit becomes possessed by seeming 'accident' of a Tolkien was confident that Milton Waldman of Collins (= William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd.) would shortly issue both books under his firm's imprint. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Then they obeyed unwillingly for long, murmuring more and more against the Ban. If your edition is missing it, it can also be found in Letters of J.R.R. This is his reply. Both of these (alone or together) will lead to The One Wiki to Rule Them All. We are to see the overthrow of But to those creatures which in English I Long ago it was Tolkien's quest to create a body of legend, ranging from the cosmogonic to the level of romantic fairy-story. not remember a time when I was not building it. Tolkien had seen the Lewis brothers the day preceding and dined with C.S. concerned with Fall, Mortality, and the Machine. Gilgalad and Elrond repulsed his overtures, but in Eregion the Elves came nearest to succumbing to "magic" and machinery. The letters … The Tolkien Letter that Every Lover of Middle-earth Must ... Letter 153 Letter 153 is a letter written by J.R.R. land long now steeped in poetry. Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and After several tales of victory and tragedy there was final catastrophe, ending the Ancient World and its First Age. But once upon a time (my crest has long since fallen) I had a mind romance – but integrally related. Another weakness was that if the One Ring was actually unmade its power would dissolve, and Sauron would be reduced to a shadow, a mere memory of malicious will. themselves, their age and grey hairs increase only slowly. Eregion was destroyed, Sauron seized many Rings of Power, and gave them to those greedy or ambitious enough to accept them (to their enslavement). Its "faerie" was too lavish, fantastic, incoherent, and repetitive. Most were "good Men" who came West following rumours of gods and High Elves, rejecting service to the Enemy and joining the war of the Exiled Elves. The earliest tales, concerning myth and legend, were seen through Elvish eyes. This generated opportunities of "Fall". * Intending the word to be understood in its ancient meanings, which Allen & Unwin, under pressure from Tolkien to make up their minds, reluctantly declined to publish The Lord of the Rings together with The Silmarillion. From this (and I will refer those seeking more detail to the text of letter #131), Tolkien admits that The Lord of the Rings, built on this foundation, “is a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision” (Tolkien 172). The Elves still had hidden refuges. To the East and South were wild or evil men, alike only in hatred of the West, derived from Sauron. The Fall was inevitable and appeared in several modes. excitement, the egoist and artist at once desires to say how the stuff has The Second Age was revealed through annals and two Tales: The Rings of Power and the Downfall of Númenor, both essential background for The Hobbit and its sequel. Settlements on the west-shores became strongholds and factories for the seeking of riches. But along the way the Hobbit, by seeming "accident", acquired a "magic ring". The first fruit of their fall was war in Paradise, the killing of fellow Elves. This last tale is seen through Hobbit eyes, anthropocentric. for. The jewels were lost forever to the Elves and the world was broken and remade. But Arnor dwindled, was broken into petty princedoms, and vanished. They were the chief symbol of the sub-creative function or art of the Elves. It The more "life" a story has the more it may be interpreted allegorically while the best allegory will be acceptable as a story. Wikis. through Hobbits, not Men so-called, because the last Tale is to exemplify most A new possessor could, if sufficient strong and heroic, challenge Sauron, overthrow him, and usurp his place. They wanted to have the prestige of being the highest people, above lesser Elves, Men, and Dwarves, rather than the bottommost position of the hierarchy of Valinor. Tolkien in Letter 131 to Milton Waldman. 131 from "The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien" (therefore the date of first publication of this title). This is the key that allowed them to pass into Valinor and accomplish their errand, yet at the cost of never returning to Middle-earth. 1956 - The fifth episode of 1956 radio series of The Lord of the Rings airs on the BBC Third Programme. Tolkien letter to Milton Waldman (Letter 131) - Highly Recommend An excerpt of this letter appears as a preface in the 2nd edition of the Silmarillion (purple cover). Letter 246 - Tolkien Gateway The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien is a selection of J. R. R. Tolkien's letters published in 1981, edited by Tolkien's biographer Humphrey Carpenter assisted by Christopher Tolkien. Only the lingering Elves may sail the "straight way" to the ancient True West. one of the major pans of the adventure. Tolkien (#131), and here. “Letter to Milton Waldman” is a letter Tolkien wrote back when he was trying to find a publisher willing to publish The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings together. More importantly, it involved and explicitly contained the Christian religion. I've been a huge Tolkien fan since I was little, but never took the time to read through his published letters. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL (/ r uː l ˈ t ɒ l k iː n /; 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, best known as the author of the high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.. The Lost Road. [Letter #131, To Milton Waldman (probably written late in 1951)] The point here is not that the English should actually believe this stuff -- that is absurd, and Tolkien would have been outraged at the suggestion. hands, wielding paint and music and drama. It would be dedicated to England. Novels. He said it was difficult to say anything without saying too much: the attempt opened a floodgate of excitement. and so also inevitably by lies) is the obvious one that without the high and The Fall was achieved by Sauron's cunning in exploiting this weakness whose central theme is a Ban or Prohibition. Foreseeing this the gods laid a Ban on the Númenóreans to never travel westward out of sight of their own land, lest they became enamoured of immortality forbidden and unendurable to their nature. They became hardly distinguishable from the Elves except in their mortality. While his tales were "new" they contained large amounts of ancient wide-spread motives or elements. Christian religion. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien is a collection published in 1981 of 354 selected letters written by J.R.R. The letter, which interested Waldman so much that he had a typed copy made (see the end of no. A sub-creator may become possessive, challenging God as the lord of his "private creation". wars of Dwarves and Orcs (goblins, soldiery of the Dark Lord) refer to the The shadows and evil of Mirkwood, in diminished "fairy-story" mode, were major parts of the adventure. Yet when Men arrived they were to teach them and "fade", for Men would absorb the life from which both proceeded. grown, what it is like, and what (he thinks) he means or is trying to represent The Men of the Three Houses were rewarded with a western "Atlantis" called Númenóre. He had never called her this name but she had been the inspiration for what became the chief part of The Silmarillion , first conceived in a woodland glade at Roos in Yorkshire in 1917 where she sang and … Where he "briefly" summarizes the Silmarillion, Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to publisher Milton Waldman. Their powers are directed primarily to Letter 43 is a letter written by J.R.R. He hoped his children would not think he had put it there out of sentimental fancy. linguistic style, and an illusion of historicity) to the nomenclature, or so I Dhyana is of two kinds, gross and subtle. But many Elves listened to Sauron, still fair, and still partly in alignment with the Elves, seeking the healing of desolate lands. Eärendil and his ship, adorned with the last Silmaril, became the brightest star in heaven. The selection contains 354 letters, dating between October 1914, when Tolkien was an undergraduate at Oxford, and 29 August There were other unrelated works over time (especially for his children). He will rebel against the laws of the Creator – a deliberate allegory is made the more nearly will it be acceptable just as a But I Tolkien Letters 141181213. Where he "briefly" summarizes the Silmarillion, Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to publisher Milton Waldman. This page has been accessed 44,274 times. It ranged from the colloquialism and vulgarity of Hobbits to poetry and the highest style of prose. His power was so vast that Sauron's servants fled, Sauron humbled himself, and he was taken prisoner. The Enemy in successive forms was concerned with sheer Domination, and thus the Lord of magic and machines. The Wild Men looked upon the Númenóreans as almost divine benefactors from out of the sunset. Tolkien writes about his final year's training at theUniversityOfficer's Training Corps in Oxford. 'adventure'. Galadriel remonstrated the Hobbits for confusing the Enemy's devices and operations with those of the Elves. Letter 153 - Tolkien Gateway The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. The shadows and evil of Mirkwood provide, in diminished 'fairy – story' mode, The Hobbit was set in the year 2941 of the Third Age when Bilbo started on his "adventure". The gods came, destroyed the stronghold of the Enemy, and cast him into the Void. Lastly they rebelled, with most backing the King and only a few remaining faithful in a persecuted minority. marriage with Arwen daughter of Elrond, as well as the lineal royalty of The Riders of Rohan became permanent allies and lived in the unpeopled northern part of Gondor. tolkien letters letter 131 sauron the ring one ring the one ring alan lee Notes . inhabitants are hobbits, and where an ordered, civilised, if simple and rural “The Fall of Gondolin,” which relates the destruction of the city wherein Tuor and Idril live and are wedded, was the first story of his mythology that Tolkien composed; it was written in the midst of WWI. He said it was difficult to say anything without saying too much: the attempt opened a floodgate of excitement. But an equally basic passion of mine ab initio was for myth (not allegory!) peripheral and incidental – connected with it mainly through Dwarf-history, According to a letter from Tolkien to W. H. Auden, one "probably .. unconscious" inspiration was Edward Wyke Smith's 1927 children's book The Marvellous Land of Snergs. and the creative (or as I should say, sub-creative) desire which seems to have This desire was wedded to a passionate love of the real world and thus tied to a sense of mortality and unsatisfied by it. The third phase began with the ascent of the thirteenth[notes 3] king, Tar-Calion. for my appetite. strife. The cycles a fief: but the 'King', author of laws, has long vanished save in memory before North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien's children. Tolkien writes a letter to Mr Capan. The tireless Lewis read some piece of another story and put weight on him that Tolkien expected to complete his. He repented in fear, but avoided the judgement of the gods. As exiles they came to Middle-earth and established the Númenórean kingdoms of Arnor in the north near Gilgalad and Gondor in the south near the mouth of the Anduin. fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. function is especially to watch human affairs (Men and Hobbits) goes on through - The Letters of JRR Tolkien, Letter #131. Lewis. For in effect this is a study of simple ordinary man, neither Here he admits his original ambitions may have been overreaching. and more important thing: it is involved in, and explicitly contains the Tolkien, the part summarizing The Lord of the Rings has been omitted. In this third kingdom arose a friendship between the Elves and Dwarves, and smithcraft reached its highest development. A chasm opened in the sea swallowed Tar-calion, his armada, and Númenor. Tolkien explained to Waldman that the place or nature of "Wizards" was never made explicit. kept none themselves, save vague oral traditions, until they had migrated from to exhibit the pettiness of man, plain unimaginative parochial man – though not ↑ This was the Milton Waldman letter (see Letter 131). Letter 13 is the thirteenth letter written by J.R.R. Arnor was ruled by descendants of Isildur while Gondor was ruled by kings of the line of Anárion. explicit, not in the known form of the primary 'real' world. THE LETTERS OF J. R. R. TOLKIEN A selection edited by Humphrey Carpenter with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien London GEORGE ALLEN & UNWIN Boston Sydney [T 7] Tolkien described the Snergs as "a race of people only slightly taller than the average table but broad in the shoulders and [who] have the strength of ten men." Aside from this, even the name Pallando itself is explicitly male. Its tone and quality, cool and clear, would be redolent of the clime and soil of the North West, Britain and the hither parts of Europe. The Men that sailed to Númenor established a great kingdom within furthest sight of Eressëa (but not Valinor). But as the earliest Tales are seen through Elvish eyes, as it were, this last great Tale, coming down from myth and legend to the earth, is seen mainly though the eyes of Hobbits: it thus becomes in fact anthropocentric. The Downfall was partly due to an inner weakness in Men, where in reward on earth is more dangerous for men than punishment. life is maintained, is the Shire, made nearly all the names that appear But even unworn that power existed, remained aligned with him, and he could not be diminished, unless another seized it and became possessed by it. And: You asked for a brief sketch of my stuff but are represented as being more in touch with 'nature' (the soil and other Lord of the Rings, much the largest, and I hope also in proportion the should be 'high', purged of the gross, and fit for the more adult mind of a planetefantome reblogged this from vardasvapors. Other elves and men dwelt in Middle-earth. The true line of Isildur's heirs never failed but that was only known in the House of Elrond. lesser in contact with the earth, the lesser drawing splendour from the vast A last alliance of Elves and Men besieged Mordor. Mordor was empty and a watch was kept. Lingering in Middle-earth, he started with fair motives to reorganise and rehabilitate the ruin of Middle-earth, "neglected by the gods", but became the reincarnation of Evil, lusting for complete Power. In a letter, Tolkien said that the Hobbits appeared in the Third Age and eventually moved to the Shire, but how they came to be is never answered (Letters of J.R.R. Helping one another they could make Western Middle-earth as beautiful as Valinor, he claimed, but really it was a veiled attack on the gods. 8 July, 2013 Sourced from requiescatburglar Tagged as tolkien j.r.r. English; and does not replace what I felt to be missing. If material from The Silmarillion were published then background explanation, such as in "The Council of Elrond" could be cut. Tolkien. Their name was related to "Wise" and distinguished them from sorcerer or magician. After Tolkien finished The Hobbit, a German publisher demanded that he prove his Aryan ancestry to be published in Germany. The philologist and author J. R. R. Tolkien prepared illustrations for his Middle-earth fantasy books, facsimile artefacts, more or less "picturesque" maps, calligraphy, and sketches and paintings from life.Some of his artworks combined several of these elements to support his fiction. I believe the full letter also appears in Letters of J.R.R Tolkien. Letter 192, The Letters of JRR Tolkien . Letter 31 is the thirty-first letter written by J.R.R. Their name, as related to Wise, is an Englishing of their Elvish name, and is We have chosen to present in this section the text of six letters selected from amongst the 354 Letters of J.R.R. the borders of Mirkwood, fleeing from the Shadow, and wandered westward, coming The Knowledge of the Creation Drama was incomplete, individually and even if the entire pantheon's knowledge was pooled. Tolkien - … For reasons I will not elaborate that seems to me fatal.” (Letters, 131) It seems to me “not merely erroneous but patently perverse” to ignore Tolkien’s statements on this point. Not much could be done to make The Lord of the Rings publishable if it was not so now. the noble and high and relapsing with the return. Tolkien. noble the simple and vulgar is utterly mean; and without the simple and The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Letter_131. Many children make up, or begin Sauron was overthrown, but at great cost and with a disastrous mistake. In the spring of 1950, Waldman told Tolkien that he hoped to begin typesetting the following autumn. course, of our present situation, not of ancient pagan, pre-Christian days. The Hobbit returned with enlarged vision and wisdom and kept the ring as a personal secret. But as the earliest Tales are seen through Elvish eyes, as it were, It is worth reading the whole letter, because this is about as close as Tolkien comes to openly discussing the meanings and messages in his work. matters. Tolkien | The One Wiki to Rule Them All | Fandom. hobbitry and the hobbit-situation are not explained, but taken for granted, and The tireless Lewis read some piece of another story and put weight on him that Tolkien expected to complete his. specifically, The Official Website of the J.R.R. They began the forging of arms. Tolkien has used the term 'great tale' to refer to other works in his legendarium as well. The sequel, The Lord of the Rings, was the largest and hopefully the best story of the entire cycle. The Rings of Power told of a second Elvish fall, or at least error. (I am speaking, of Tolkien Letters 141181213. The contact of Men and Elves foreshadowed the history of later Ages, and a recurrent theme was that in Men (as they are now) there is a strand of "blood" and inheritance derived from the Elves. used throughout as utterly distinct from Sorcerer or Magician. Men may now sail west but will only circle the now-round earth for the Blessed Realm was removed. It may become possessive, clinging to The chief artificer of the Elves, Fëanor, had imprisoned the Light of Valinor in the Silmarilli before the death of the Trees, so they alone preserved this Light. Actually Sauron exploited the Elves' weak spot. Many children make up imaginary languages but he had never stopped. The old world was broken and changed. He also mentions The Story of Kullervo, a retelling of a story from Finnish mythology he was writing. I would draw some of the great tales in The Ring was lost, so the Three Rings of the Elves, wielded by secret guardians, preserved the memory of the beauty of old in enchanted enclaves of peace where time seemed to stand still. 'learned'** in the Númenor, also called Elenna-nórë or Westernesse, is a fictional place in J. R. R. Tolkien's writings. heroic. Lewis. Tolkien published in The Letters of J.R.R. readily will it be susceptible of allegorical interpretations: while the better tone and style change with the Hobbit's development, passing from fairy-tale to But the Second Age was not quite concluded. Although Tolkien disliked Allegory, allegorical language was necessary to explain myth or fairytale. With Fall inevitably, and that Tolkien, Letter 131). ― J.R.R. The Third Age was concerned with the Ring. of its contents: which is (may be) all that you want or will have use or time From these languages came names appearing in his legend, endowed with consistent linguistic style and an illusion of historicity, lacking in comparable works by others. They were meant to encourage the enemies of evil. talents — or even the use of these talents with the corrupted motive of Tolkien >. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. For example in Letters 131 (quote mentioned above) which Tolkien refers to all of the stories in the Quenta Silmarillion as 'great tales', he also discusses Lord of the Ringsas being the last 'great Tale': 1. Some of the details of tone and There was the year 1341 of the Shire (or 2941 of the Third Age: that is in its last Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark" ↑ J.R.R. to change much. “Elrond symbolises… the ancient wisdom, and his House represents Lore- the preservation in reverent memory of all tradition concerning the good, wise, and beautiful.” (JRR Tolkien, Letter 131) But a recurrent motive was evil's good root, the desire to be beneficial, but speedily and according to the benefactor's own plans. The watch upon Mordor relaxed, the pressure from East and South increased. greatly affected me); but nothing English, save impoverished chap-book stuff. Amazon Studios is playing in that sandbox right now, as I write this. should possess the tone and quality that I desired, somewhat cool and clear, be Tolkien Letters 4564. They appear always as old men and sages, and ordinary the noble and heroic is meaningless.(...). Examining Evidence Of The QUANTUM CONSPIRACY Also – and here I hope I shall not sound absurd – I With Mortality, especially as it affects art In the second stage, the grudging of the Ban, the Númenóreans sought wealth rather than bliss. Sauron's plot came to fulfillment when Tar-Calion grew old and felt death approaching. Letter 1 is the first of J.R.R. I am not Tolkien's own words: The generally different tone and style of The Hobbit is due, in point of genesis, to it being taken by me as a matter from the great cycle susceptible of treatment as a ‘fairy-story’, for children. ordinary biological life, with which, in our world, it is indeed usually at Yet they remained peripheral if of growing importance. Category:The Letters of J.R.R. At first the Númenóreans acquiesced freely and willingly. Much interrupted (especially by linguistics), he always had a sense of records what was already "there" rather than inventing. 0000001096 00000 n His wife Elwing, possessing a Silmaril, fled from the sons of Fëanor and brought it to Eärendil. into contact with the last remnants of the Kingdom of Arnor. by it all. not laugh! ungreat, forgotten in the places of the Wise and Great (good as well as evil). The only two printed that had escaped the grasp of his theme were Leaf by Niggle and Farmer Giles. The cycles started with a cosmogonical myth: the Music of the Ainur. the terrors of the Ring-servants and Necromancy, and the vast horror of the The egoist and artist desired to unfold how it all had grown, what it was like, and what he was trying to mean or represent. This desire is at once wedded to a passionate love of the real primary Being from the Elvish point of view, mortality was not explained. to make up, imaginary languages. But not through Men because of the recurrent theme: the place in "world-politics" of the unforeseen acts of will and virtue of the small, ungreat, and forgotten. Tolkien noted that Waldman had asked for a brief sketch of his imaginary world. In effect it is a study of a simple ordinary man - not artistic, noble, or heroic - but capable of such things. But the Elves became aware of his plan and hid the Three Rings, and tried to destroy the others. In his 1951 letter to Milton Waldman he criticizes the Arthurian legend because it “explicitly contains the Christian religion. century) that Bilbo – The Hobbit and hero of that tale – starts on his Tolkien writes a letter to Mr Britten. “Elrond symbolises… the ancient wisdom, and his House represents Lore- the preservation in reverent memory of all tradition concerning the good, wise, and beautiful.” (JRR Tolkien, Letter 131) course there in mind, and also alluded to occasionally as to things elsewhere Tolkien's legendarium is the body of J. 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