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Letter 203

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 203
RecipientHerbert Schiro
DateNovember 17, 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.


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.