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Tolkien hated allegory response
• Posted by: Justice   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, December 7, 2002, at 5:43 p.m.
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There is a post down there by Jabesq I wanted to reply to, but since this site is about music I have a music question first.

Is a Extended Cut FOTR soundtrack being released? If so, when?

Now back to allegory.

Yes, Tolkien hated allegory, and I don't think anyone down there said he ever used it, however, you have to remember what allegory means. An allegorical story has two meanings, a literal and a symbolic meaning. Although Tolkien borrowed here and there from Celtic mythology and Biblical events, he never directly substituted any of them to fit in his story. Gandalf cannot be replaced with Jesus, it just doesn't work, but we see glimpses of him in Gandalf. There is only one satan, but in LOTR there's two, Sauron and Saruman. CS Lewis loved allegory and used it quite often. Take a look at The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Tolkien may have hated allegory, but he still used references to give his own story a base and familiarity.

Oh yes, and we also don't need Tolkien to validify our religion, the Bible doesn't need any help.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  •   Tolkien hated allegory response  (1676 views)    We're Here
       Justice - Saturday, December 7, 2002, at 5:43 p.m.
    •    Agreed!  (1666 views)
         a different Joe - Thursday, December 12, 2002, at 5:23 p.m.
    •    Too true! Too true!  (1756 views)
         Bindner - Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at 4:00 p.m.

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