- Jan 22, 2008
No doubt this has been discussed before somewhere, but has The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan been considered as an influence on The Lord of the Rings? I say this because The Pilgrim's Progress involves a journey across a huge fantasy land that mimics the good or evil of its inhabitants (the Slough of Despond, the Giant Despair and so on). While LOTR isn't that sort of direct allegory, I can't think of much pre-LOTR with that sense of bigness. Even the Arthur stories (from Mallory, at least) tend to concentrate on one knight and his adventures rather than making long journeys. Did Tolkien ever give any indication of this?