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Letter 256

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 256
RecipientColin Bailey
Date13 May 1964
Subject(s)The New Shadow

Letter 256 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien revealed that he had begun a story placed about 100 years after Sauron's passing, but it proved both sinister and depressing. In it men showed their quick satiety with good. Gondorians in peacetime had become discontented and restless. The dynasts descended from Aragorn would become just kings and governors – like Denethor or worse. The story told of an outcrop of revolutionary plots, a centre of secret Satanistic religion, and Gondorian boys playing at being Orcs and going around doing damage. Tolkien said he could have written a "thriller" about the plot, its discovery, and overthrow but that it was not worth doing.