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well! said the king. Take him away and keep him safe, until he feels
inclined to tell the truth, even if he waits a hundred years. Then the
elves put thongs on him, and shut him in one of the inmost caves with
strong wooden doors, and left him. They gave him food and drink, plenty
of both, if not very fine; for Wood-elves were not goblins, and were
reasonably well-behaved even to their worst enemies, when they captured