The Twelve Days of Censorship


At least eight “Lords” have been banned or challenged at one time or another. Between J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, we have two of the most famous and classic titles to be censored. 

Tolkein’s works, like the Harry Potter series, have come under fire by those who claim they are satanic and promote witchcraft and wizardry. Forget that both series present exemplary battles and ultimate triumph of good over evil.

The violence in Lord of the Flies has caused it to disappear off shelves and reading lists, strange considering how often it is taught in high school English classes. These days, it’s often mentioned in the same breadth as Hunger Games, another of the most frequently challenged titles.