В тази тема е мястото да разсъждаваме какви са политическите убеждения на Толкин. Ето негов цитат от писмо към сина му Кристофър, 1943 г.:
My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs)—or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could go back to personal names, it would do a lot of good. Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so to refer to people.....
...Anyway, the proper study of man is anything but man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity. And at least it is done only to a small group of men who know who their master is. The medievals were only too right in taking nolo episcopari as the best reason a man could give to others for making him a bishop. Give me a king whose chief interest in life is stamps, railways, or race-horses; and who has the power to sack his Vizier (or whatever you care to call him) if he does not like the cut of his trousers. And so on down the line. But, of course, the fatal weakness of all that — after all only the fatal weakness of all good things in a bad corrupt unnatural world — is that it works and has worked only when all the world is messing along in the same good old inefficient human way...
...The Greece that was worth saving from Persia perished anyway. The special horror is that the present world was all in one bag with nowhere to fly to. The only bright spot was the growing habit of disgruntled men of dynamiting factories and power-stations.
Cheers to you, said Tolkien. It was a dark age but they had a comfort: they otherwise would not know or so much love what they did love. The fish out of water is the only fish to have an inkling of water. Have at the Orcs, with winged words, hildenæddran (war-adders), biting darts—but make sure of your target.
Какво има предвид Толкин, когато пише на сина си, че все повече предпочита "анархия или неконституционна монархия". Аз още не мога да си отговоря на този въпрос. Може би е бил нещо като либертарианец?
Edited by proudfoot.underhill, 11 юли 2015 - 02:31 .