Chance's Strange Arithmetic: 5. Author's Notes

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5. Author's Notes

The meeting I have shown between J. R. R. Tolkien and Wilfred Owen in this story is completely fictitious. Both Tolkien and Owen did serve at the Somme during the First World War; however, Tolkien became ill with trench fever and was shipped back to England on November 8, 1916, while Owen did not arrive at the Somme until December 31, 1916.

All of the poetry in this story was written by Wilfred Owen. The Sentry is quoted in its entirety. The source for the lines at the beginning of each chapter is indicated below the quotation, in parentheses. The story's concluding stanza as well as the title of the story are taken from Insensibility. You may find all of these poems in their entirety at (courtesy of and Project Gutenberg).

* lines from Chapter 18 ("Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"), The Silmarillion.

** First two lines of the poem "The City of Present Sorrow," found in Chapter 6 ("The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales") of The Book of Lost Tales, Volume 2.

*** line from Chapter 20 ("Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"), The Silmarillion.

†lines from Chapter 9 ("Of the Flight of the Noldor"), The Silmarillion.

‡line from Chapter 15 ("Of the Noldor in Beleriand"), The Silmarillion.

If you are interested in learning more about either Wilfred Owen or World War I, I highly recommend checking out this excellent website:

This story was first published on April 11, 2003.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: Ithilwen

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/14/03

Original Post: 04/11/03

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