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Tolkien: Frequently Asked Questions
(1/2) Frequenty Asked Questions about
the author J.R.R. Tolkien: questions
commonly raised by the first reading of
_The Hobbit_ or _The Lord of the Rings_;
details of the background mythology and
invented history which relate directly
to the stories; biographical matters.
Contents of the FTLFAQS.TXT file
[FTLFAQS.TXT] Mon Jun 5 03:28:00 EST 1995
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