2nd December 1955: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien ( 1892 - 1973) the South African-born philologist and author of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. Original Publication: Picture Post - 8464 - Professor J R R Tolkien - unpub. Original Publication: People Disc - HM0232 (Photo by Haywood Magee/Getty Images)

Quote: Why JRRT Was Not a ‘Democrat’

JRRT was a conservative with a big heart for his fellow men in their misery.


I am not a ‘democrat’, if only because ‘humility’ and equality are spiritual principles corrupted by the attempt to mechanize and formalize them, with the result that we get not universal smallness and humility, but universal greatness and pride, until some Orc gets hold of a ring of power – then we get and are getting slavery.

~ John Ronal Reuel Tolkien

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