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    This came from one of my SARA keyword alerts: http://makeashorterlink.com/?G45021FCC *Tolkien: The Lord of The Mines ¨C Or A Comparative Study Between Mining
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      This came from one of my SARA keyword alerts:

      http://makeashorterlink.com/?G45021FCC

      *Tolkien: The Lord of The Mines �C Or A Comparative Study Between Mining
      During the Third Age of Middle�\Earth by Dwarves and Mining During Our Age by
      Men (or Big�\People)*

      Danièle Barberis A1

      A1 Legal Department, COGEMA, Vélizy, France

      *Abstract:*

      J.R.R. Tolkien described an entire Age of history in his main opus, *The
      Lord of the Rings*. In doing so, he told miners a lot about their past, much
      before any written record was kept or handed down. At a time when many
      people are wondering about the future of the mining industry, the possible
      depletion of natural resources and the modern concept of "sustainable
      development", it is interesting to analyse the evolution of the mining
      industry, not just within the last half of the century, but over the last
      two Ages. Maybe there will be some surprises, but maybe also some
      reassurances that although many changes and new ways of thinking have
      occurred over the Ages, mining activities have continued and survived even
      through the changes of the miners race from the race of Dwarves to the race
      of Men.

      *Big People: name given by the Hobbits and Dwarves to Men*

      *Fourth Age*: current age of the world. It started at the very end of the
      last tale of "The Lord of the Rings", when Arwen, the Elven Star of her
      People, vanishes from the world, thus definitely ending the abode of Elves
      in Middle Earth and the Age of the Elves.

      *Middle Earth*: As the Fourth Age has its "world", the "Third Age" had its
      Middle Earth. It is difficult to locate it now, though some regions, such as
      "the County" for example, seem to have survived in many respects in our
      actual Scotland.1

      *Miners*: when not preceded by a qualification, this term designates Dwarves
      in the Third-Age as well as the Big-People of the Fourth-Age of
      Middle-Earth.

      *Moria-silver or Mithril or True-Silver*: "its worth was ten times that of
      gold, and now it is beyond price (…). It could be beaten like copper, and
      polished like glass, and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet
      harder than tempered steel. Its beauty was like to that of common silver,
      but the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim."2

      *Third Age*: the Age previous to this Age. The acts and glory of the
      Third-Age are told in the tales "Bilbo" and in "The Lord of the Rings".


      --
      Alana Vincent Howard

      770.419.8727


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