Banned Books Week - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


So many incredible books have been banned over the years for various reasons. This week we'll be delving into five classic books that were banned at some point, starting with The Lord of The Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The book:

“J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring — created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier — is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron's lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well...” - Goodreads

Why it was banned:

The Lord of the Rings was deemed as ‘satanic’ by Christ Community Church in Alamagordo, New Mexico and banned to the members of their congregation. This community held a book burning of this title along with many other Tolkien classics outside of their church in 2001.


Why you should read it:

Far from having any semblance of ‘satanic’ elements. The Lord of the Rings (and frankly, anything by Tolkien) is one of the greatest books for expanding your creative mind. Tolkien is a master at writing about real and relatable emotions, struggles, joys, and pain in a fantastical form. He has thoroughly developed the multicultural world of Middle Earth and leaves no loose ends in the complex events and diverse characters. It’s a book full of understanding about human nature and storytelling that holds the imagination captive. We recommend this as a must read series for the heartfelt messages of friendship, hope, healing, and the power of fighting for something you believe in. Tolkien's detailed imagery will transport you into a world of inspiration that you will want to explore over and over again and is always worth the time it takes to read.