"As a matter of fact, a good deal of my writing as a novelist comes from malice--the desire to attack things in our culture, both North and South. Some reviewers, including John Wain, said 'The Last Gentlemen' was too satirical. Maybe something got satirized that he didn't want satirized."

- Walker Percy, Conversations with Walker Percy
Tolkien and the Long Defeat

Andrew Barber connects Tolkien's elves to the Christian life. "This place, once so full of life and sustained by the Lady of Light, Galadriel... has become a glorious ruin. For Galadriel, like the rest of her kin, has left the world to the rule of man; the elves, in all their splendor, have reached their end. [She says,]'. . . together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.'"

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