The Lord Of The Rings

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The darkness that had extended over Middle-Earth, lifted like a veil the moment the magic ring was destroyed. New laws were enforced and the citizens’ freedom was taken away. In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien uses the magic ring to reflect the politics of sustainability, therefore exploring the hardships of an unsustainable community. Frodo’s magic ring represents the ruthless actions of the creatures of Middle-Earth. Two philosophers, Scruton and Hart write their recipes for sustainability. Scruton believes that finding the right balance between beauty and piety can result in a love of place and sustainability. Hart writes about anarcho-monarchism and states that finding the balance between anarchy, monarchism, and dictatorship, can lead…show more content…
He had carried the ring for so long, his will power began to fade. (Tolkien 947) War is unstable, both for people physically and mentally, and for the environment. Once a war is started, environmental sustainability is not a big priority. Destroying the enemy is the purpose of war, but even when we use precise weapons, additional damage also occurs. This unintentional damage can destroy ecosystems, and disregards the importance of protecting recourses. To be sustainable, humans must stop destroying the natural systems (Cairns 2).

Frodo’s magic ring symbolizes unsustainability. The ring caused war and brought out the greed for power in individuals. Obtaining an object such as the ring causes isolation of the carrier, and the feelings of desire and temptation are overwhelming (Carpenter 431). In contrast to the power that the ring gave to the wearer, Anarcho-monarchists believe societies should have a person to represent the culture of the community as a whole. The representative’s job does not include possessing more authority than others and does not impart any power on the individual. Other members of the community would owe the representative nothing. David Hart related this idea of a powerless ruler, to the king piece in a game of chess. The king is “the most useless piece on the board, which occupies its square simply to prevent any other piece from doing so, but which is somehow still the whole game”. This way of ruling
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