Tolkien fact 2 – A Cordial Dislike

[Originally posted on March 4th, 2015]

Professor Tolkien did not purposefully write LotR to directly relate to or represent anything in the real world. Unlike his friend and critic, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien avoided allegory of any form in his work, preferring to simply tell a compelling story with believable people making realistic decisions; out of this comes relatable characters that modern day readers can connect with. The following quote is from the foreword to LotR by Tolkien:

“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”


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