Agape Research


Agape: Lord of the Rings

its metaphors

From Aristotle to Perfidious Albion,

 one ring rules them all. 

Rolf Witzsche, researcher, exploring the Lord of the Rings
Rolf Witzsche, researcher, author


The Lord of the Rings saga, by J.R.R. Tolkien, provides an astonishingly accurate and deep reaching perspective of our time, all wrapped up in metaphor in a tale about an imaginary land called Middle Earth.

It is a tale of elves, dwarves, hobbits, and men, with proud names like Arwen Evenstar, Aragorn, Elrond, Eowyn, Frodo Baggins, and of wizards named Gandalf and Saruman, and the mother of all pigs, Sauron; a tale of a people boxed in into the fortress Helms Deep, as we all too often are, like the king of Rohan, Theoden, whose conscience became privatized under the spell of a Grima Wormtongue. Above all it is a tale of a ring of power and corruption, and the Gollum, a creature that is a process that causes people to grovel for all their life for the glitter of wealth that few ever use, 'singing', "My Precious!" even as they perish.

It is also a tale of our darkest history in which great men of infamy proudly stand tall, with names like Adolf Hitler, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, Joseph Geobbels, Bertrand Russell; and similar names from more distant times, names like Francis Galton, Charles Darwin, Thomas Malthus, Giamaria Ortes, Thomas Hobbes; and names whose ghost may yet destroy us all, like that of Shelburne, Bentham, Napoleon; and of course Aristotle, the 'mother' of all their 'fame.'

The saga of the ring is a tale of war, greed, power, and fear. It is also a tale of love, sublimity, and immortality; a tale of struggles for survival and a brighter humanity as represented by such names as Friedrich Schiller, Gottfied Leibnitz, and Lyndon LaRouche; a tale of trials, disappointments, and victories; a tale in which we can see our own image and our hopes, and also our strengths reflected, as human beings.

Rolf A. F. Witzsche, Sept, 8, 2003

Allow me to present the following research:

The Lord of the Rings: Its metaphor

The Lord of the Rings reflected in novels

The Lord of the Rings reflected in modern politics


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