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

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Lord of the Rings

As Marx says: Owing to the extensive use of machinery, and to the division of labour, the work of the proletarians has lost all individual character, and, consequently, all charm for the workman. He becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman is restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he requires for maintenance, and for the propagation of his race. But the price of a commodity, and therefore also of labour, is equal to its cost of production. In proportion, therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases. (216)

Free trade: for the benefit of the working class. Protective duties: for the benefit of the working class...

It is summed up in the phrase: the bourgeois is a bourgeois -- for the benefit of the working class. (238)

 

The idea of the more repulsive the labour, the lower the pay is seen in intensive slave labour shown throughout the books. In the end however, a revolution must and will come to liberate the proletariat, and this comes in the books through the men rising against Sauron. The elves come to help the men, and even the trees of the forest fight for the global liberation of the working class. Once Frodo finally gets to the fires of Mordor however, he too is corrupted by the power of the ring – money. Anyone is subject to this corruption, even the most pure of hearts may be tainted by it’s evil. Sometimes though, the overwhelming greed of one may topple the very source of the problem at hand. When Gollum comes and jumps on the back of Frodo, and then bites off the finger which has the one ring, he falls into the pit of Mordor. The most modern version of this, yet on a much smaller scale is Enron. When the Enron CEO’s wanted more money, they made it up. Eventually their empire collapsed, and a good many of people lost some faith in the capitalist system. In the end, the good prevails over the dark lord, just as in the end, the global proletariat will rise above the oppression and take back what is theirs once and for all, the bourgeoisie will collapse and they will be punished for their actions.

The Lord of the Rings, as has been shown, is a very Marxist story. The ideas of Tolkien are really figurative for the ideas expressed by Marx, and Trotsky and even Lenin. Tolkien shows in a vivid, fantastic way the process by which the proletariat must attain freedom from their capitalist oppressors. It seems as if even the release dates for Tolkien’s books were purposely co-incidental with the actions in the Soviet Union and in revolutionary Ireland. As with many authors, the secrets, answers and ideas died the day J.R.R Tolkien died. The modern interpretations of his works have been little more than capitalist advancement of their own ideas, making war the central theme, and taking much of the liberation aspect of the story out of it. As J.R.R Tolkien himself said “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” (http://www.brainyquote.com)

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By Tony Kaminski
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