Saturday, July 4, 2009

Unconscious Metaphor?

J.R.R. Tolkien made clear that he did not intend his LOTR trilogy to be metaphorical in any way although I sometimes wonder, as I have been reading them, if he subconsciously wrote metaphorically, keeping in mind his devout Roman Catholic faith. In "The Two Towers" when Gandalf returns after being thought dead, he says, "I have passed through fire and deep water, since we parted." 'Death,' passing through fire, passing through water?

1 comment:

Naomi said...

Well, I have not read or watched the Lord of the Ring trilogy, therefore cannot make an informed comment. I do know that Jonathan really liked it alot. He probably read and watched the movies.