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Pippin: I didn’t think it would end this way.

Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

Pippin:What? Gandalf? See what?

Gandalf: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

Pippin: Well, that isn’t so bad.

Gandalf: No. No, it isn’t.

Shout out to coalesco for being the guest writer of this week’s Banned Book Review!

If you’re interested in writing a review on a book or submitting anything to contribute to this blog, feel free to message me! In the meantime I’ll try to figure out this evasive submit button on tumblr… 

But as always, keep on reading!

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkein tells the story of the young hobbit, Frodo Baggins, on his quest to destroy the One Ring (the One Ring is a magical ring of invisibility; among the Ring’s many power’s, its main allure is that it gives its bearer the ability to control the will of others). Accompanied by many friends and allies, Frodo is tested by the evils of the Ring and must resist its temptations of power, addiction, and greed as he battles dark enemies. During his journey, he is hunted by Sauron, the creator of the One Ring, and his infamous Nine Ringwraiths (or black horsemen). While making the Ring, Sauron put a lot of himself into it. Therefore, his existence depends on it. Frodo must avoid capture at all costs; if Sauron is in possession of the Ring, he will be able to rule Middle Earth.

The trilogy was never officially banned by a government organization, but was banned in religious groups, and even some schools. The reason for the bannings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was that the books were considered to be promoting witchcraft and Satan.

Banning a book based upon ‘witchcraft,’ in my opinion, is utterly preposterous! Many tales incorporate witchcraft and fantasy, all fictional elements, in order to enhance their storytelling qualities and the messages they’re trying to convey. But this is why they are considered fictional, and there is no reason to ban a book based upon fictional elements. That is what storytelling is all about! I have grown up with this trilogy. It was read to me as a child, and I continue to read it today. To me, it stands as an important symbol of courage, love, and adventure.

Additionally, both witchcraft and Satan are commonly considered evil. This accusation is completely ridiculous as the entire plot of the book focuses on Frodo’s ability to resist evil and to defeat evil. Frodo, along with characters such as Gandalf the Great and Aragorn, fight to salvage good and restore peace. These are noble characters, fighting to save lives. The notion that this trilogy promotes Satan and the connotations associated with Satan is a complete and utter contradiction to its true purpose.

 It is for reasons like this that we must fight to keep books from being banned, for these books teach us lessons of perseverance and restoring peace amongst great sacrifice. Even if the Lord of the Rings trilogy supported the ideas of witchcraft or Satan, it is not the job of any one person to decide who can read it, that decision must be left to those interested in reading it.