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A Dialogue: Discussion by Humphrey Carpenter, Professor George Sayer and Dr. Clyde S. Kilby

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The article is a transcription of a seminar held by [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[George Sayer]] and [[Clyde S. Kilby]], at Wheaton College, Illinois, on [[29 September]] [[1979]].
 
The article is a transcription of a seminar held by [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[George Sayer]] and [[Clyde S. Kilby]], at Wheaton College, Illinois, on [[29 September]] [[1979]].
  
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{{quote|[Tolkien] very much objected to the view that he wrote his books as Christian propaganda or anything like it. He wrote them as stories. He would sometimes pull a bunch of American letters or reviews towards him and say, 'You know, they're telling now telling me that...' and then he would say some things they'd told him about ''The Lord of the Rings''. He'd say, 'You kow, I never thought of that. I thought I was writing it as pure story'. He came gradually to believe some of the things that, well, you were telling him.|George Sayer}}
 
{{quote|[Tolkien] very much objected to the view that he wrote his books as Christian propaganda or anything like it. He wrote them as stories. He would sometimes pull a bunch of American letters or reviews towards him and say, 'You know, they're telling now telling me that...' and then he would say some things they'd told him about ''The Lord of the Rings''. He'd say, 'You kow, I never thought of that. I thought I was writing it as pure story'. He came gradually to believe some of the things that, well, you were telling him.|George Sayer}}

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A Dialogue: Discussion by Humphrey Carpenter, Professor George Sayer and Dr. Clyde S. Kilby; recorded Sept. 29, 1979, Wheaton, Illinois is the title of an article published in Minas Tirith Evening-Star 9, no. 2 (January 1980), on pages 16-17.

The article is a transcription of a seminar held by Humphrey Carpenter, George Sayer and Clyde S. Kilby, at Wheaton College, Illinois, on 29 September 1979.

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"[Tolkien] very much objected to the view that he wrote his books as Christian propaganda or anything like it. He wrote them as stories. He would sometimes pull a bunch of American letters or reviews towards him and say, 'You know, they're telling now telling me that...' and then he would say some things they'd told him about The Lord of the Rings. He'd say, 'You kow, I never thought of that. I thought I was writing it as pure story'. He came gradually to believe some of the things that, well, you were telling him."
― George Sayer
"In a 1979 transcription of a discussion on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, George Sayer tells a remarkable story about Tolkien describing Ireland as 'naturally evil.' He could 'feel,' Sayer relates, 'evil coming up from the earth, from the peat bogs, from the clumps of trees, even from the cliffs, and this evil was only held in check by the great devotion of the southern Irish to their religion.'""
― George Sayer, quoted by Marjorie J. Burns in Perilous Realms

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