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1. How did two plot devices affect the writings of Lewis and Tolkien?

In 1968, J.R.R. Tolkien recounted a discussion he had with C.S. Lewis, where they decided who would write stories about two of the big "plot devices" of the day: time travel and space travel. Lewis chose space travel and wrote his famous Space Trilogy. Tolkien got time travel.

2. What was the Downfall of Numenor about?

The Downfall of Numenor was intended to contain a cycle of a father and son appearing in human families with one loyal to the Valar and the other loyal to the High-elves. Christopher Tolkien guesses that the date of the discussion was 1936. The story the elder Tolkien wrote has become known as The Lost Road.

3. What was the original outline of the Downfall of Numenor in Part 1, Chapter 2?

Part 1, Chapter 2 presents the original outline of The Fall of Numenor. The document that was reproduced starts the legend of Numenor and the beginning of the story of The Silmarillion into the World's Second Age. In this story, the World is made a globe by the Valar.

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