it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat....

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may531028

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This is a phrase from J.R.R.Tolkien. He writes that the fairy tale "does not deny the existence of ... sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of the deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat... giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief."

I wonder whether "in the face of much evidence" refers to evidence of universal final defeat?

And whether "poignant as grief" refers to Joy, a Joy as poignant as grief?
 
  • verbivore

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    USA, English
    Yes, "poignant as grief" refers to joy.

    "In the face of much evidence" refers to the fairy tale ("it denies" refers to the fairy tale).

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