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Walking into Mordor

So I know: Let’s write a story where the “hero” — an unlikely sort of fellow, fond of his creature comforts — must travel through a dangerous land of gloom, dust, and despair in order to defeat a powerful enemy….

Frodo’s situation in The Lord of the Rings has been brought into sharper focus for me by the most recent development in my life: diagnosis of esophageal adenocarcinoma. My first journal entry describes the parallels in a little more detail.