“…When J.R.R. Tolkien or other great writers embody in their worlds and characters obvious evil, without moral ambiguity or nuance, it’s not so the author can be a judgmental bully.
If things are drawn very clearly (as in the best fairy tales), it is so we may see them clearly, that we may then recognize them in our actual, ordinary, complicated life. There are moral and spiritual orcs amongst us – they do not wear fearsome make-up or rusty armour, but the inner corruption and darkness is there…along with some better qualities, because we are a mix of good and evil, all of us. Hence the interior moral dialogue and struggle for the good characters, or the redeemed characters like Boromir (at the end), since being good doesn’t just happen.”