Originally Posted by Vincine
You're right. The rings weren't manmade. My bad.
The Lord of the Rings is not man-made disaster, however I often cite the philosophy of collectivism and mankind's tendency to gather power in centralized govt to be a modern day "ring of power"...the power gathered as such corrupts all who touch it.
Tolkien's books, like many good sci fi books have much symbolism and are nothing but a future projection of current affairs and technology.
One Ring to Rule Them All, One Ring to Find Them, One Ring to Bring Them All, and in the Darkness Bind Them.
Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.
-Thomas Jefferson to James Smith, 1822.