Leaf and Key

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Vol: 12, Issue: 4

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Hyde, Paul Nolan
Arts and Humanities; Children's and Young Adult Literature; English Language and Literature; Allegory in J.R.R. Tolkien; Tolkien, J.R.R.—Attitude toward allegory; Tolkien, J.R.R. “Leaf by Niggle”; Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings
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Reviews various definitions of allegory and Tolkien’s writings on the subject to determine more precisely what type of allegory Tolkien disliked. Discusses “Leaf by Niggle,” which skirts closer to allegory than most of Tolkien’s works, but avoids becoming one.