If I read the man right, then if he was still around, Tolkien would be up there alongside Sir David Attenbrorough and Greta Thunberg, campaigning on environmental issues!

As to Brexit? The noble folk of Gondor are the chivalrous Norman French, the industrious, taciturn, humourless Dwarfs are Germans, while the English are split between the valiant but uncultured Rohirrim and the sturdy, independent, home-loving Hobbits. It takes all of them in alliance to defeat the Dark Lord.

I hate to say it, but if his cultural views were similar to those of my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, then his brutal, vulgar, quarrelsome Orcs are probably Americans! Sauron simply represents the ruthless forces of capitalism and industrialisation.

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