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==From the publisher==
 
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{{blockquote|Tolkien famously rejected comparison of his Ring with Wagner's, though there is good evidence that Tolkien knew much more about ''[[Der Ring des Nibelungen]]'' than he let on after the publication of ''The Lord of the Rings''. Analysis of that work from a Wagnerian point of view enables consideration of it in a new way. By exploring the parallels between Wagner's Ring and Tolkien's, a fresh interpretation of Tolkien's work emerges, one that hinges on associating [[Gandalf]] with Wotan. Like Wagner's god, Gandalf has to find a way of solving the problems posed by the Ring and like Wotan he cannot succeed without other people. When the plots of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' (and ''[[The Hobbit]]'') are examined in this way it becomes apparent how much they owe to Wagner's music-drama, and the role of Gandalf is opened to new explanation.}}
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Tolkien famously rejected comparison of his Ring with Wagner's, though there is good evidence that Tolkien knew much more about ''[[Der Ring des Nibelungen]]'' than he let on after the publication of ''The Lord of the Rings''. Analysis of that work from a Wagnerian point of view enables consideration of it in a new way. By exploring the parallels between Wagner's Ring and Tolkien's, a fresh interpretation of Tolkien's work emerges, one that hinges on associating [[Gandalf]] with Wotan. Like Wagner's god, Gandalf has to find a way of solving the problems posed by the Ring and like Wotan he cannot succeed without other people. When the plots of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' (and ''[[The Hobbit]]'') are examined in this way it becomes apparent how much they owe to Wagner's music-drama, and the role of Gandalf is opened to new explanation.
  
 
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