Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Remembering Tolkien

September 2 was the anniversary of his death. Jørn K. Baltzersen has a post on the great British author, with links to some fascinating articles. Here is a thought from one article by Mr. Baltzersen:

The 6 books of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien describe a classical good versus evil conflict. The theme is power, and the goal is to end it. The story has a happy ending; the end of tyranny and the return of the king after ages of darkness. What do these marching armies reaching as far as the eye can see remind us of? The Nazism, fascism, and communism of the twentieth century come to mind. There is little doubt that the past century gave us the most terrible acts in human history. It is commonly believed that democracy is the sound alternative to tyranny. However, it is not democracy that returns in Middle Earth. It is monarchy. Share


J.K. Baltzersen said...

Thank you, madam, for the links!

elena maria vidal said...

You are quite welcome, Mr. Baltzersen!

Vara said...

Democracy is not the alternative to tyranny, an annointed kngship is! Say what you will, Bourbon France and Spain, Hapsburg Austria, and Romanov Russia were not tyrannies. There were no gulags, no murder of children, or ransacking of peasants.

In fact, "democracy" can turn into the "tyranny of ther majority". What if the majority of Americans decided to impose euthanasia? If you believe in "democracy", you would have to agree to this.

The King is the icon of the Lord in Heaven, when one bows before the Earthly King, one is also apt to bow before God as well. If one believes in "democracy" (more precisely, egalitarianism), one must be very careful not to turn into an icon of the first "individualist"... Lucifer.

Food for thought.