tolkien link of the day
Aziz Poonawalla reminds us that The Lord of the Rings is not allegorical; Tolkien himself rejected the notion that it was.
Tolkien's original vision was to create a mythology for England, which by quirk of history had none remaining. ...Tolkien was aghast at the idea that LOTR could be allegorical, and argued strenously against interpreting his work as such...The disdain that Tolkien had for this kind of decimation of themes to mere analogy is clear in the Foreword, because it takes something timeless and forces it into a very limited temporal window. This destroys the lessons and utility of the themes themselves.
The true themes of LOTR, which are applicable to any time, are these, to name just a few: We are our own worst enemy. Evil within must be defeated before the evil without. Death. The simple heroism of ordinary people. The Pandora's box of technology. The necessity of wisdom. The vulnerability of the wise. LOTR is suffused with powerful lessons that speak to the very core of the forces driving history in the Age of Man. This is why LOTR is timeless and will continue to be applicable, in its own unique way, to every unique reader.