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The Lord of the Rings a Metaphor for World War II Joe Shmoe 1162000 The book The Lord of the Rings which the author originally intended to be one book resounds with symbolism and metaphor which reflects the era in which it was written Although the author claims this story has no inner meaning or message and that the story is merely a story to be told it would take a far stretch of the imagination not to find the ideas of the book as metaphors for the real world around it The very essence of the characters and plot lends the book so completely to the idea of its metaphorical representation of World War II it is obvious why the author would deny the relation The story begins with Bilbo leaving the Shire after his 133rd birthday He gives the Ring which is the source of limitless corrupting power to Frodo Bilbos adopted heir From this point Gandolf the almighty and mysterious wizard helps lead Frodo and a band of other Hobbits and heroes on a quest to destroy the one ring in order to keep it out of the grasp of Sauron who is the representative of all evil in the world While this at face value may not seem to have a relationshiop to WWII the very nature of metaphor the comparison of two unlike thing to express a meaning allows these two ideas to coexist and create an entirely new idea The Ring in the story represents the center of power and action throughout the novels The Ring was created by Sauron in an earlier age along with eight other rings in order to increase his power The Rings all represented greater power but were tainted by the forging and the forger The Ring which Sauron made for himself is the ultimate source of power the power of hate The Ring is a metaphor for
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