How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front – The New York Times

“Tolkien used the language of myth not to escape the world, but to reveal a mythic and heroic quality in the world as we find it. Perhaps this was the greatest tribute he could pay to the fallen of the Somme.”

Read the entire article here: How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front – The New York Times

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A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War One That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare by Diana Preston, review: ‘authoritative’ – Telegraph

This looks like a great book. Read Nigel Jones’ book review at the Telegraph:

A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War One That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare by Diana Preston, review: ‘authoritative’ – Telegraph.

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The Christmas Truce of World War I: The Two Sides of Humanity

I love this story! It was a bright spot in a horrible war. It gives me faith in humanity, and exposes the folly of war. It breaks my heart when these young men are forced to return to the trenches to begin killing each other for no reason. Soon suffering and propaganda fostered a hatred that ensured that they could no longer see each others humanity. There would be no more truces.

History News Network | The Christmas Truce: A Sentimental Dream.

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