Tolkien Gateway

Letter 203

(Difference between revisions)
m
m (Changed date format)
 
Line 2: Line 2:
 
| #=203
 
| #=203
 
| to=Herbert Schiro
 
| to=Herbert Schiro
| date=[[1957#November|November 17]], [[1957]]
+
| date=[[17 November]] [[1957]]
 
| subject=Allegory, Symbolism
 
| subject=Allegory, Symbolism
 
}}{{letter|203}}
 
}}{{letter|203}}

Latest revision as of 11:04, 11 June 2011

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 203
RecipientHerbert Schiro
Date17 November 1957
Subject(s)Allegory, Symbolism

Letter 203 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

Herbert Schiro had written a letter asking about allegory in The Lord of the Rings, apparently coming up with such comparisons as "five wizards = five senses", and "Orcs are Communists". Tolkien angrily dismissed this, and noted that though his tales were not allegorical, there was a certain applicability to them; individual aspects of several races - be it pride, sloth or greed - were still present in Man today.

[edit] Notes