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This morning, I’ve discovered the joys of the new NRODT archive: I’ve looked up every single article in NR’s 50-year history that mentions Tolkien, and I’ve printed out a pile of them, including young Ricky Brookhiser’s review of The Silmarillion in 1977; I’ve read Frank Meyer’s (too short) review of Russell Kirk’s novel The Old House of Fear; and I’ve searched for references to “MENDOOOOZAAAAA!” (strangely, there are none). There do seem to be a few kinks to work out (I’ve struggled to find a couple of articles that definitely exist), but all in all this is a treasure trove of material for conservative geeks like me. It will be a minor miracle if I can pull myself away before lunchtime.


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