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There is evidence in the accounts of the Black Gate of Tolkien's haste in preparing ''Lord of the Rings''Italic text'' for publication. In Chapter III of ''Return of the King'' (The Black Gate is Closed) the Gate is described as having "a single gate of iron" (Unicorn paperback 1983, p.662). However, at p.921 of the same edition (The Black Gate Opens) it has "two vast iron doors"; but on the very next page it suddenly has a "middle door", implying at least three doors in all.
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Interestingly, the first edition of ''Rings'' (Allen and Unwin hardback) has, at volume III p.163, "three vast doors", a conception which was obviously in JRRT's mind when he wrote of a "middle door" at p.922 of the Unicorn edition.
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These unreconciled differences suggest that JRRT was under such pressure to publish that he failed to spot them before his final submissions to the publisher and printer.

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