04 October 2015

The Sand-Castles of Dol Amroth (RK 5.ix.878)

'Then you would have us retreat to Minas Tirith, or Dol Amroth, or to Dunharrow, and there sit like children on sand-castles when the tide is flowing?' said Imrahil.

(RK 5.ix.878)

How many of us have stopped to recognize how deftly Tolkien has suited this simile to its speaker? The subcreator is in the details.

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