Is World W ar 1 is the inspiration for j.r. tolkien to write lord of rings ?

June 14, 2008 11:31pm CST
i heard he participated in the first world war, after that he came to write the lord of rings books.the war sequence he mentions, especially the rohan's cavalry charge shows the nature of first world war, i don't know certainly ,can anyone tell me is it was the first world war which inspired him to write lord of rings ?
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@paroloza (140)
• United States
20 Jun 08
The Ring Trilogy has a real world connection but it is not World War I, although his campaing experience may have helped him conceiving the battle scenes. But surely he got inspired by the uprising German menace, and the Dark Lord and the black riders have their origin in Hitler and his black SS hords. The Shire and the Hobbits themselves represent the English people: nice and harmless, and surprisingly stubborn when it comes to defend what they call their principles. Nevertheless, the novel must be seen as a more general attempt to show the devasting influence that have ambition and power, affecting the lives of the innocent. The Ring promises limitless power thus its posession corrupts everybody including the main hero Frodo. That's why Tolkien puts before us another hero, a moral one: Sam. Not too clever but immunized against the dark influence by his loyal friendship and loving heart.
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• India
26 Jul 08
thank you for sharing your intellectual knowledge on this topic paroloza
@KrauseHome (35293)
• United States
23 Dec 12
Interesting topic and thoughts, and wonder what the real answer to this is, and if this was an inspiration for this wonderful series. It would really be interesting to know the story behind these.
• United States
10 Sep 11
I know certain parts in the film were inspired by WWI as Tolkien fought in the war and he had written about what he had witnessed. I am not sure if the rest of it was based on the war or they were just made up in his head.
@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
20 Jun 08
Hi manojjonam, I really don't know and I never hear about that. But it can be true because the authors need to get inspiration in something, right? For sure he write a great story don't you think so? This story have great moments of fight and plenty of action and heroism like the First War. Maybe you are right and Tolkien is inspirate in it. Cheers.