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J.R.R. Tolkien’s
The Ring Trilogy

Field-Tested by Daphne Keller

in Cambodia

A very widely read book such as The Lord of the Rings might lend itself to scientific inquiry, since you can hold the book constant and get varying reports based on place of reading. I can tell you about the contrast between my own experience and my mother’s. We each read the series as adults. She read them during a summer backpacking in the high Sierra Mountains in California and felt like she was in just the right landscape — rugged, remote, magical mountains. I read them while traveling in Cambodia and felt much the same; surrounded by ruins of great and mysterious fallen cities and temples, in a landscape and populace scarred by very real, recent evil.

Daphne Keller lives in San Francisco and mostly doesn’t read fantasy books.

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