Winning Without Victory
a political and romantic fiction novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 3 of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

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Chapter 13 - Lord of the Rings

      I nodded enthusiastically. "In this sense Tolkien has evidently asked us to consider what our world would be like today if the equivalent of Sauron's ring had been buried eons ago together with the one who had forged it. Since in real history, Sauron is Aristotle, the imperial philosopher of the ancient world, we may assume that the Roman Empire might never have existed then. Then the corruption of the image of man might have been put into the grave with all the dead soldiers of the Peloponnesian War. But Aristotle was probably paid, and paid well, to dig up this stench that the sub-human philosophy of sophistry emits from the original ghost of fascism and greed. Unfortunately, with Aristotle's efforts the sophistry of Pericles was kept alive in Aristotle's black tower symbolically named the theory of natural slavery. Those who lost their humanity by the intimidation of the tower, who call themselves no longer by the name, humanity, but by the name, aristocracy, now all pay homage to that tower. But as Saruman did, they find no substance therein. That emptiness drives them to insanity. When Frodo succeeds, the ancient train of tragedy stops. If it had stopped at the end of the Peloponnesian War and be put to rest then, many billions of people would not have perished. Mankind might have stood on the moon in 800-AD with space-based power a reality by the year 1000, which we still don't have today. Because of this single failure we are now facing a thousand year deficit in preparing the planet for the next Ice Age."

      "That is why Tolkien hits us over the head so hard with the name Sauron, the sau, the mother of the pigs, the key failure that we must now make up for and correct in a hurry," said Ushi. "If we do this, Tolkien's Arwen won't be enigma for us and Eowyn won't be the tragic rule. We might then even understand ourselves better. We would all be like Frodo, of course, in deed and in love, and there would be no ring anywhere, and everything that is tied into it, from nukes to looting to slavery and terror, would be dust blown away with the wind. That's our challenge to get to. It's a challenge of love, and love is beautiful, don't you agree?"

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