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Lord of the Rings (continued from first page)
July 18th 2005

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Frodo, a small hobbit from the Shire, who has never been known to be bent towards violence is then thrust into the most dire of situations. The fate of the world, the fate of all living  beings lies in the balance of what he does. He is to take the ring to Mordor and throw it into the lava pit where it was made. This would destroy the ring, and eliminate Sauron from the Earth, as well as his oppressive bourgeois following. Frodo is to lead the fight for freedom without ever having previous experience doing so. As Marx and Engles put it:

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible. (Marx, 230)

Simply put, there are more proletariats than there are bourgeois, so by mere logical assumption, it can be assumed the proletariat will overthrow the ruling class. Frodo is the one who can actually begin this revolution though. For without his destroying the ring, then it will still have it’s grasp upon the masses. Once the ring is destroyed though, then the war for freedom will undoubtedly conclude in the favour of the men, elves, dwarves, and hobbits.

 

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics allowed the Lord of the Rings to be distributed in their country, while at the same banning the Chronicles of Narnia (Taran). This shows that even a corrupted “socialist” regime would allow the books due to their pro-revolutionary sentiment. Also, Tolkien’s being catholic in a protestant England, and his visits to Ireland with his common Irish “cave myths” and “Coming of the Lugh” (shown by the large eye in the tower) may bring some evidence that Tolkien may have had at least a soft spot for the Irish Republican Army (http://www.mythicalireland.com).

This is a revolutionary Army that fights for a socialist and independent Ireland from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and would fit quite well into the idea of an enemy to the east. Tolkien socialist tendencies show ever more clearly in that the “[…]race of hobbits is an idealisation of the English peasantry, in feudal or semi-feudal times” (http://www.wsws.org). Also, in the year 1937, the same year Tolkien released the book The Hobbit, the IRA made an assassination attempt on the King of England in Belfast, also, 31 people were executed in the Soviet Union for trying to overthrow Josef Stalin, an extremely oppressive ruler of that country (http://www.echostatic.com). This is why Tolkien’s obvious portrayal of these ideals came to be so strongly seen in his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, we see a clear message of the old world burning with the machine of industry, and this machine is driven by the blood, sweat and tears of the oppressed working class labour force. The wizard Saruman says:

“Together, my lord Sauron, we shall rule this Middle-earth. The old world will burn in the fires of industry. Forests will fall. A new order will rise. We will drive the machine of war with the sword and the spear and the iron fist of the orc” (Lord of the Rings: Return). This quote is quite telling of the aims of himself and his oppressive ruling class. This is also very reminiscent of that which the capitalist over-lords of the 1800’s and the modern ages philosophy. The Industrial Revolution broke the backs of the day labourer, and destroyed the family structure (Marx, 209). The modern industrialists destroy our forests, and pollute our air and water systems. One needs only to go to a big city in the United States to see this. The new order rises from the ashes of this utter destruction, and that new order is the global industrial complex of the modern age, ruled by Trans-national corporations, free-trade agreements, and no treaty requiring ethical treatment of workers. The only way in which a system such as this can possibly survive is through the forcible oppression of the class producing.

Continued on Page 3


By Tony Kaminski
Freelance Writer

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