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TCG Letter #535 / Carpenter Letter #186


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Joanna de Bortadano
Date
April 1956
Type
Draft
Transcript
Partial
Joanna De Bortadano had asked Tolkien whether The Lord of the Rings was an allegory of Atomic power. Tolkien told her it was not; if there was any power-related theme in the book, it would rather be the abnegation of power: just because a thing can be done, does not mean it must be done.
Tolkien continued by stating he was not a "democrat", because its main concepts, humility and equality, lose their meaning by attempts to mechanize and formalize them.

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