From "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" (2003) by Brian Rosebury

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[page 58]

Ďthe brave things in the old tales and songs ... adventures, as I used to call them .... Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually ....
But I expect that they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didnít .... We hear about those as just went on
- and not all to
a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding
things all right, though not quite the same .... But those arenít always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed
in!í (TT, 321)