...both of which are on my list. I've read "The Hobbit" and "Animal Farm," but definitely would like to read "The Lord of the Rings." Dan totally flipped out when I told him that I haven't seen even the entire movie series. It was like telling some you haven't seen "Scarface" or "The God Father"....neither of which I have seen. :/
How about The Bible?
I don't know if that's an allegory - a lot of books are allegorical to the stories in those books.
The Dark Is Rising series is a great fantasy series.