Looking for a critical work on Tolkien
February 15, 2011 4:37 PM Subscribe
Looking for an essay/other view of Tolkien's Middle Earth depicting Sauron as a liberator.
posted by Hactar to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
It's not Epic Pooh, it wasn't written by China Mieville (I think) and I can't find it. The piece was critical of Tolkien's romanticism in his works, about how the Shire was this English country life, how the Lord of the Rings is about Kings, etc. There may have also been something about racism in there, but I'm not sure. I remember the ending being roughly about how Sauron would be a legend among the orcs, a story circulated, that one day he would return and liberate them all.
For some reason, I thought (after Moorcock and Mieville) that it might have been written by Niven. But I had no luck there, so I'm turning to you guys.