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Oh, sure, he stole liberally from all the old stories and archetypes, but he spun something new out of them.

And he really knew his old languages. It's interesting for example that the preferred English now is Elfs and Dwarfs, but he was so right that it should be with a V. We don't say wolfs.

I seem to remember reading that the elves were based on the Irish fiery stories
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