I was reading something in the Children of Hurin. It was that Christopher Tolkien admitted that he made a slight mistake in the Silmarillion in that a river in Beleriand he originally stated as travelling west, was in fact travelling east or something like that. Now did this need to be pointed out? On the one hand, does something this trivial and detailed in such a vast tale really matter? We can use our imaginations after all. But on the other hand, is it important to get this right. After all, this did matter to those in Beleriand at the time and Tolkien was quite a perfectionist, so he would have liked this to be correct. But in such minute detail?
He thought that in order to have the world you create, seem believable, you need to have it consistent. Details contribute to that ...
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