The Lord Of The Rings

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Darkness extended over all of Middle-Earth like a veil during the time of war. New laws were enforced and the citizens’ freedom was taken away. Frodo’s magic ring represents the unsustainability of the environment, and the characters of Middle-Earth. In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien uses the magic ring to reflect the politics of sustainability, by drawing from his own life experiences. 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 to a sustainable culture. In…show more content…
Once the magic ring was destroyed, the dark spell was lifted, the battlefield action ceased, and the war was over. 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). Anarcho-monarchists believe societies should have a person to represent the culture of the community as a whole. Their job does not include possessing more authority than others; the representative would have no power. 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”. The second principle of the Earth Charter addressed the importance of caring for the community with
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