13 September 2011

Nonetheless for long it seemed to the Numenoreans that they prospered, and if they were not increased in happiness, yet they grew more strong, and their rich men ever richer. For with the aid of Sauron they multiplied their possessions, and they devised engines, and they built ever greater ships.
from Tolkien's legend of the second age of Middle-Earth, Akallabeth

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