What are LOTR metaphors?

Were any of the characters, places, and/or events metaphors for something in our world? I figure some must be, but I’m a fairly literal reader: I got caught up imaging the fantasy world.

Anyone have any good ones, or could point me in the right direction?

I found this at: http://www.auburn.edu/~speedhe/lotr.html

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It’s an interesting article. Also I found this: http://www.epinions.com/content_27375799940

Type “Lord of the Rings metaphors” in Yahoo (without the quotes though) and you should find something to satisfy your curiosity.

Thanks, I’ll look them up. All I really heard about before was the generic “any evil thing=Hitler” parallels.

Those are actually kinda hard to support since JRRT began work on Middle Earth almost thirty years before the outbreak of WWII.