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TCG Letter #327 / Carpenter Letter #203


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Herbert Schiro
Date
17 November 1957
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Complete
In response to a letter from Herbert Schiro asking about allegory in The Lord of the Rings, with comparisons as "five wizards = five senses", and "Orcs are Communists", Tolkien dismisses these readings, quite angrily, and notes that though the 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.

Most of the letter was published in Mythlore 10 (1975). Parts of the letter were published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien as letter 203. Both publications retain an illegible word in paragraph two. The lines reads "There always is. And since I have not made the struggle wholly unequivocal: sloth and stupidity among hobbits, pride and escapism among Elves, grudge and greed in Dwarfhearts, and folly and wickedness among the "Kings of Men," and treachery and power-lust even among the "Wizards", there is I suppose applicability in my story to present times."

A photocopy and complete transcript along with the auction advertisement of the letter is held at the Marquette archives.
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References
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), p. 262, p. 447 (Carpenter note)
RRAuction sale #620 - Ended November 10, 2021, lot 633, sold for $59,139 including buyer's premium
Mythlore 10 (1975)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 387-8, p. 638 (notas de Carpenter)
J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography, Di1, p. 350; Dii30, p. 357


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