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Letter 203

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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
Herbert Schiro had written a letter asking about the allegory in ''The Lord of the Rings'', apparently coming up with such comparisons as "[[Heren Istarion|five wizards]] = five senses", and "Orcs are Communists". Tolkien angrily dismisses this, and notes that though his tales are not allegorical, there is a certain applicability to them; individual aspects of several races - be it pride, sloth or greed - are still present in Man today.
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Herbert Schiro had written a letter asking about allegory in ''The Lord of the Rings'', apparently coming up with such comparisons as "[[Heren Istarion|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.
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
* Originally published in ''[[Mallorn 10|Mallorn'' #10]].
 
* Originally published in ''[[Mallorn 10|Mallorn'' #10]].
 
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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.

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.

Notes