28 days to the publication of "The Proverbs of Middle-earth"

In correspondence, Tolkien described Sam as ‘a reflexion of the English soldier, of the privates and batmen I knew in the 1914 war, and recognised as so far superior to myself.’  The kind of selfless service he had in mind does not require a great store of insightful wisdom, only the will to keep going and not give up. Sam will keep going ‘if it breaks my back and heart’, and the majority of the proverbs he uses aid this endurance.

From Chapter 1 - 'The Hobbits'

David Rowe
To be published by Oloris Publishing on the 18th November

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