The Shire Irony

David Platt, in Standpoint:

Germaine Greer wrote: "It has been my nightmare that Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the 20th century. The bad dream has materialised." E.P. Thompson blamed the Cold War mentality on "too much early reading of The Lord of the Rings". Rosemary Jackson described his works as "conservative vehicles for social and instinctual repression". This is some claim for a set of novels that does not mention economics, sex or religion.

Tolkien has plenty much to answer for.