Tolkien as Allegory: A Study in 'Smith of Wooton Major'
J.R.R. Tolkien often asserted a disdain for allegory . . . and also acknowledged that it could be found in his works. By interacting with Tolkien’s last published work of fiction as well as the critical scholarship of both Verlyn Flieger and Tom Shippey, Shea digs into this contradiction and disassembles the allegory/no allegory binary, revealing an even deeper elegance and purpose to Tolkien’s work and the subcreation of Faërie.