The Lord of the Rings Reflection on Second World War Name Course Date Discussion Epic battles occur between a supremely evil entity and a coalition of the earth’s weakest peoples in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Humans, elves, dwarves, and even ghosts form an alliance to combat Sauron’s ruthless repression of evil and preserve the free world from slavery. During the Second World War, the work was written in several stages between 1937 and 1949. There are many connections and influences throughout the trilogy, notwithstanding Tolkien’s denials that the trilogy is an allegory of the war. As for any hidden significance or message, there was none in the author’s purpose, as Tolkien explains in the foreword (Wiki, 2017). Many of its sources date back to well before World War II, and the conflict and its aftermath have influenced very little of what they contain. It is neither symbolic nor current. “Applicability” can be utilized even if the author denies allegory, as he says in the preface: “I think many confuse “applicability” with “allegory, but the one lives in the reader’s freedom, and the other resides in the author’s alleged supremacy.” I may discuss the novel’s plot and how World War II influences it as a reader. A major conflict between our planet and Middle-earth is destroying many nations and races. Even though some people are far away from the battles, they cannot remain unaffected by the emergence of evil since it will eventually harm them (Bloom, 2008). When Tolkien was born amid a rapidly changing world, he wrote the trilogy. ‘Old world’ culture and lifestyle were rapidly transforming. The burgeoning industry was displacing England’s traditions and tranquil urban areas one by one. It was just a matter of time before the old aristocratic families and traditions faded away, and with them, the world order began to change. The elves’ power begins to dwindle in the story, much like this transition (J.R.R, 2011). Middle Earth’s noble and intelligent immortal elves once ruled the earth with immense authority. Nonetheless, as the story unfolds, humans replace them. Once they leave Middle-Earth for Valinor, a mortal-free island, they isolate themselves from the spread of evil. Hobbits call Shire home, the setting for the first book in the trilogy. It’s easy to imagine the Shire as the perfect example of a traditional English village, and the Hobbits that dwell there are simple farmers who lead simple lives. This is eerily reminiscent of pre-war rural England, with a peaceful way of life about to be upended by an invasion from the east. A group of allied forces led by the United States of America destroyed Germany after World War I by defeating the German army. A harsh and restricting Treaty of Versailles had to be signed by Germany after being defeated by the Allies. In this way, the country was “chained like a raged dog,” ready to attack. Furthermore, Germany was compelled to pay $442 billion in restitution, eventually finished in 2010. Although the treaty’s severe restrictions led to Germany’s subsequent explosion and the outbreak of World War II, they did not destroy the country. In the Second Age, Elves and Men fought Sauron’s minions in the War of the Last Alliance. Like post-war Germany, Sauron and the ring had lost their influence, but they had not been eradicated. As time went on, both Germany and Mordor recovered quickly and could attack again, driving the entire world into a state of war and turmoil. Nazi Germany and Mordor, the Over-Industrialized Evil Power (Bloom, 2008). The existence of supreme evil power marks both World War II and the Middle-third earth’s age events. It is conceivable to view an over-industrialized Germany during World War II; this is similar to the scenario in Isengard and Mordor, where trees are cut down for fuel, as demonstrated in the example of a forest fire. One of the most beautiful valleys in Middle-earth was once Saruman’s base of operations against the Rohirrim, Isengard. He hacked down its trees and built deep trenches to breed the Uruk-hai and Orcs. “I looked on it and saw that, whereas it had once been green and fair, it was now filled with pits and gorges… Overall, in his works, a dark smoke hung.” (Wiki, 2017). German steel war machines began to be produced after the industrial revolution, resulting in damage to the environment. War machines were built with the help of deportees and thousands of other prisoners of war compelled to work on defenses against an impending invasion by the Allies. Nazi SS troops, like the Holocaust’s dumb rabble of orcs, followed orders without even questioning them, which exhibits stereotyped evil throughout history. As a result of the institutions in place in these types of regimes, people lose their ability to make rational decisions, common sense, and even conscience. The Germans’ concentrated force of tanks, infantry, artillery, and airpower overran the Allies; France’s Maginot Line was supposed to be an effective deterrent during the Second World War. Known as “Blitzkrieg” or “lightning war,” this technique involved a large concentration of motorized troops moving at breakneck speed (Bloom, 2008). Sauron’s armies are known for their use of physical force, advanced weaponry, and speed in battle. With only their crude weapons and horses, the Free Peoples of Middle Earth could not defeat the Orcs, Nazgul, Mumakil, Uruk-hai, battering rams, and wargs, the attack towers, the flying Nazgul, and the Mumakil (battle elephants) (Wiki, 2017). As depicted in the novel, the Free Peoples of Middle-earth are a shadow of their former selves. To resist this alliance, the Free People must come together to have the strength to oppose the dark forces. Even the tiniest of powers are required in this alliance. References Bloom, H. (2008). The Lord of the Rings: New Edition. In Google Books. Infobase Publishing. J. R. R. Tolkien. (2011, September 16). Why Did Tolkien Write The Lord of the Rings? Https:// Wiki. (2017). War of the Ring. The One Wiki to Rule Them All.

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