Antitheses[ edit ] "No careful reader of Tolkien's fiction can fail to be aware of the polarities that give it form and fiction,"  writes Verlyn Flieger.
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A leading philologist of his day, Tolkien was an Oxford University professor who, along with Oxford colleagues C. Lewis and Charles Williams, helped revive popular interest in the medieval romance and the fantastic tale.
Tolkien gained a reputation during the s and s as a cult figure among youths disillusioned with war and the technological age; his continuing popularity evidences his ability to evoke the oppressive realities of modern life while drawing audiences into a fantasy world.
Plot and Major Characters The Lord of the Rings charts the adventures of the inhabitants of Middle Earth, a complex fictional world with fantastical characters and a complete language crafted by Tolkien. Taken together, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, along with its prelude The Hobbit —which is based on bedtime stories Tolkien had created for his children—encompasses ten thousand years of Middle Earth history and includes an encyclopedic mythology inspired by but entirely separate from that of the human species.
During the course of his mission, the hobbit discovers a magical ring which, among other powers, can render its bearer invisible. Throughout the trilogy, Tolkien rejects such traditional heroic attributes as strength, size, and bravado.
Instead, he has Gandalf deliberately choose the reluctant hobbit heroes, who are small, humble, and unassuming, to guard the ring and thereby prevail against evil.
But The Lord of the Rings also appears to address issues specific to the twentieth century, particularly the sense of loss, despair, and alienation that came as a result of the two World Wars. Many have read the trilogy as an allegory of the history of modern Europe, especially the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism in Germany.
Others see it as a Christian allegory. Tolkien always denied that his books were either allegorical or topical in nature, maintaining that the events that occurred in Middle Earth predate any historical occurrences that Western humans could be aware of.
Religious, Freudian, allegorical, and political interpretations of the trilogy soon appeared, but Tolkien generally rejected such explications. Interest in The Lord of the Rings was renewed in the early twenty-first century, with the release of a series of award-winning films based on the novels.Analysis of Sam as the Hero in “Lord of the Rings” (An Essay) 20 April Samwise Gamgee: The True Hero of Lord of the Rings.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by J.
R. R. Tolkien, later fitted as a trilogy. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's earlier fantasy book The Hobbit and soon developed into . A extensive look at Howard Shore's soundtrack and other music from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies.
In , The Lord of the Rings was voted, to the chagrin of some critics, the greatest book of the twentieth century in a poll run by major . Since the publications of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, a wealth of secondary literature has been published discussing the literary themes and archetypes present in the stories. Tolkien also wrote about the themes of his books in letters to friends, family and fans, and often within the books themselves. After a brief hiatus, Sci Fi Onscreen returns with an epic podcast series to rival the films it is covering. This is the first part of a three-part series covering the extended editions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.
The Lord of the Rings is intended to be applicable to the real world of relationships, religion, pleasure, pain, and politics. Tolkien himself said that his grand tale of wizards, orcs, hobbits, and elves was aimed at truth and good morals in the actual world.
First, The Lord of the Rings achieves a singular level of detail and coherence for its imagined world. Not only do we find maps that illustrate the specific geography of Middle-earth, with climates ranging from bucolic farmland to frigid mountains and scorching deserts, but that continent also contains a wide variety of races, each with its.