“”The Scouring of the Shire” is the penultimate chapter of the high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Fellowship hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, return home to the Shire to find that it is under the brutal control of ruffians and their leader “Sharkey”, revealed to be the Wizard Saruman. The ruffians have despoiled the Shire, cutting down trees and destroying old houses, as well as replacing the old mill with a larger one full of machinery which pollutes the air and the water. The hobbits rouse the Shire to rebellion, lead their fellow-hobbits to victory in the Battle of Bywater, and end Saruman’s rule.” wiki
Comment: Has The Shire not been scoured? Tolkien was a junior infantry officer in the Lancashire Fusiliers one of the illustrious “county” regiments of the British Army in WW1. He survived and never allowed himself to forget what he had learned.
Are we so stupid as to not recognize the analogy to the “scouring” in the destruction of our culture that is occurring around us? pl
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