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December 05, 2005

Just don't mention the metaphor

Tolkien was opposed to allegorical readings of his work but the World War II metaphor seems ever more apt with ever increasing retrospect.

Various attempts have been made to interpret The Lord of the Rings in analogical or metaphorical terms. One of the most persistent of these sees the book as a metaphor for the Second World War; but isn't it precisely the other way around?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 5, 2005 09:33 AM

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