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A Tolkien Scholar Examines the Nature of Evil in the One Ring

Is evil an external or internal force in Tolkien's beloved fantasy series?

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Read on for an excerpt of J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, by Tom Shippey.

Evil and the Ring

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  • Still from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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  • Author and Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey in 2015.

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  • Sammath Naur at Mount Doom, where the Ring was finally destroyed, in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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