Lord of the Rings probably is the only 'great story' that I've found truly valuable and really cherished. But I don't think there is a 'deeper meaning', necessarily. It's just a pretty straight-forward story about friendship, morality, loyalty, good vs evil and the like. A traditional European story.

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@TheIronHeart but there is, though. Tolkien wrote it as an allegory for the Industrial Revolution and the cutting down of trees to fuel it.

@su To be fair, I do think the LotR is a lot more interesting in terms of deeper analysis than most other stories. He incorporated a lot of European mythology and folklore into it. But it can also be taken at face value and be perfectly fine that way as well. People who see something deeper in Star Wars or Batman are still silly, though.

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