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Jan 5 2013, 9:03am

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Allegories - Contrast to The Lord of the Rings?

First - welcome KingTurgon!

Allegories! I think there's a interesting contrast to lotr here: Tolkien spends some of his Foreword to the 2nd edn being impatient with the idea of allegory ( in the strict sense of "This" = "That" - e.g "Sauron = Hitler") But it would be difficult not to see that going on for at least the 2 parts of the Trinity as KingTurgon points out. I've often wondered whether his critique of allegory might also be partly a shot at C S Lewis, whose use of Christian allegory in Narnia I personally find crude. Interesting, how we suppose on no evidence that authors we like would agree with us.... (Or at least it seems that I do this!)

I certainly don't mean to take things to the other extreme here and suggest that the story can't refer to anything outside itself- its just that the links don't needs to be so thumping as in Narnia...

Back to the Sil, Other things break the Trinity allegory down - we have an ultimate God in the Silmarillion, then a bunch of under-gods (which don't have a Christian pArallel I an think of, though this may be lack of knowledge about that faith on my part).

As a solo reader (without the benefit if this board!) I would be assuming JRRT is giving himself a sort of adapter between his own monotheistic faith and the polytheistic faith of his literary models. That could be totally facile on my part of course; or other interesting explanations could be advanced (please do). As asolo reader I probably would have stopped looking for further Christian parallels there, so will be interested to have any further ones suggested as we proceed.

Ps: , A friend of mine, a Cathic Priest, has this interesting blog post on Christian parallels in Narnia - http://frmartinflatman.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/a-film-to-express-the-incarnation/

(This post was edited by noWizardme on Jan 5 2013, 9:11am)

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Post edited by noWizardme (Half-elven) on Jan 5 2013, 9:11am

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