December 5, 2001
Tolkien on Homeland
Editor's Note: I take sharp exception to the second part of this article in which the author draws comparisons between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. It was, however, interesting reading an alternative viewpoint. I encourage you to read this article if you want a more optimistic view of Tolkien's works.
In a 1954 effusion about his friend J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis had this to say:
Hmm, sounds familiar. What is 9/11 and the current conflict in Afghanistan if not a deep reminder that the pampered and protected civilization we enjoy in the U.S., "depends on being protected by powers which [we] forget against powers which [we] dare not imagine"? Just to get you prepared for the December 19th film debut of The Fellowship of the Ring -- which is going to make the charming but inferior Harry Potter books look like Waterworld -- here are two out of many passages from The Fellowship of the Ring that resonate with our current situation.