It’s high time we had a good ole fashioned mud-hurling debate in The Hall of Fire, and I hope this topic serves. A hotly debated subject for decades:

Tolkien and Allegory

The Professor himself denies it, but millions of readers can’t be wrong, can they? Is the work of JRR Tolkien supposed to be allegorical? People compare The Silmarillion to the Bible, The War of the Ring to World Wars I and II, and Gandalf to Jesus. On the one hand, Tolkien has flatly stated that he did not intend for The Lord of the Rings to be allegorical, but on the other hand, footnotes and quotes from the author belie this stance.

What do you believe? Come to The Hall of Fire and share your thoughts with us! Newcomers always welcome.

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