: fantasy monarchies

Kathryn Andersen kat_lists at katspace.com
Mon Feb 3 07:35:16 EST 2003


On Sun, Feb 02, 2003 at 11:25:37PM -0600, Margaret Ball wrote:
> >
> >Even in the
> >middle ages monarchs weren't really absolute - think
> >of the fun Sauron would have had if the Parliament of
> >Orcs had refused to allow him to raise an army or if
> >the Council of Nazgul had said that they wouldn't go
> >off unless he signed a Great Charter guaranteeing the
> >autonomy of their own rings.
> >
> I like that. Would've made a different but possibly more interesting book!
> 
> To be fair, though, I've always believed Tolkien had the events of WWII 
> in mind when he was writing these books (he denied this, but how could 
> he NOT be thinking about it, for heaven's sake) and I don't believe the 
> Reichstag ever voted down anything Hitler wanted.

I think the thing that Tolkien kept on strenuously denying was that LotR
was an analogy of WWII, that it was explicitly based on it.  Which of
course it wasn't.  That isn't to say that WWII (or WWI for that matter)
didn't inform his writings.

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