"Tolkien and David Jones: The Great War and the War of the Rings." Clio, vol.
See also Barton Friedman, "Tolkien and David Jones: The Great War and the War of the Ring." In "The Complexity of Tolkien's Attitude toward the Second World War," Franco Manni and Simone Bonechi discuss both world wars and even attempt to locate parallels between specific World War II battles and battles in The Lord of the Rings.
Certainly, within the Shire, Hobbits experienced the equivalent of the Norse legend of "Frotha-frith," or "Frodo's Peace," the year after the War of the Rings. This became the "Year of Great Plenty," when the harvest was like a golden river passing through the Shire.
In the War of the Rings, it is Meriadoc Brandybuck who slays the Witch-King of Morgul, and Samwise Gamgee who kills the Giant Spider, Shelob.
WAR OF THE RINGS
: Paul Cummins returns home from Norway today with his marriage to his long time fiancee Patsy later this week now uppermost in his mind.
Volume II recounts the adventures of Frodo and his servant Sam Garngee, who venture into the land of the enemy to complete their mission, while their companions in the Fellowship are betrayed and brought into battle in the terrible War of the Rings
. The war is detailed in Volume III.
Tolkien felt that these appended materials were critically important for comprehending the historical situation of Frodo's adventure, Aragorn's restoration, and the War of the Rings. In fact, Tolkien only grudgingly relented in his insistence that The Silmarillion be published first, or at least alongside, The Lord of the Rings, for he considered "the Saga of the Three Jewels and the Rings of Power" to be one story, and he feared that The Lord of the Rings on its own, "as indivisible and unified as I could make it," would not make sense without the long backstory and "deep" history provided in the former epic collection of tales (Letters 138).
Also, one imagines that the existence of the dragon in the north would have affected various strategies in the War of the Rings, as Tolkien makes clear in an unpublished note, "The Quest for Erebor" (see Unfinished Tales, 335-351).
WAR OF THE RINGS
: Kilkenny's Paul Cummins is no stranger to the competitive ring, but his next bout has something of a different air about it because it comes just four days before the former light middleweight world champion ties the knot to his long term fiancee, Patsy.
In his preface to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien definitively rejected any allegorical reading of the work, arguing that, had he meant for the War of the Rings
to represent the Second World War, then "Saruman, failing to get possession of the Ring, would in the confusion and treacheries of the time have found in Mordor the missing links in his own researches into Ring-lore, and before long he would have made a Great Ring of his own" (Prologue.xxiv).