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Tolkien clarified that when he had said that the sequel had gotten “out of hand” he meant that it was running its course and was becoming more terrifying than ''The Hobbit'', with the darkness of the present days (i.e. the Czechoslovak crisis and the apprehension of war in late September 1938) having had some effect on it.  However, it was not an “allegory”.
 
Tolkien clarified that when he had said that the sequel had gotten “out of hand” he meant that it was running its course and was becoming more terrifying than ''The Hobbit'', with the darkness of the present days (i.e. the Czechoslovak crisis and the apprehension of war in late September 1938) having had some effect on it.  However, it was not an “allegory”.
 
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