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

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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 September 29, 1979.

Excerpt

"[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