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Eileen Elgar 22 September-c. 3 October 1963

Eileen Elgar 22 September-c. 3 October 1963 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Mrs Eileen Elgar, written between 22 September and c. 3 October (when it was postmarked) 1963.[1]

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... The most important point was that of Frodo's "moral failure". Only one other correspondent has referred to it; and he abused F. as a scoundrel, and me — for holding him up to admiration ... Frodo failed as a 'hero' conceived in abstract ideal terms: he succumbed to the pressure of the Ring, which at that instant reached its maximum, when starved, utterly exhausted, and after months of increasing fear and torment. But we are all finite creatures, having absolute limits to our powers of soul, mind, and body ... Frodo took the Ring in complete humilty, and his motive was entirely selfless ... By hus sufferings he provided a situation in which the quest could be achieved, and by his pity (for Gollum) he made the means for this available. We, the readers, and within the book the Great can, I think have no doubt whatever in our praise ...
—J.R.R. Tolkien[2]

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  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 608
  2. 2.0 2.1 Beyond Bree May 1985, p. 6