The Art of the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien by Wayne G Hammond and Christina Scull review

By David Larsen In Books

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18th February, 2012
In one of JRR Tolkien's posthumously published letters, he explains that his short story Leaf By Niggle "is not really or properly an allegory". Allegory was one of his red-rag-to-a-bull words; he disliked the form to begin with, and people wouldn't stop asking him whether Sauron's Ring was an allegory for the A-bomb. But if Leaf By Niggle isn't an allegory (a contestable point), it's very easily read ...

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