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Mark HoagUNIV103 – 1604B-397/4/17J. R. R. TolkienFrom the list of optional people to write about, with all their merits, no one stands out more to me than J.R.R. Tolkien, though not for the everyday reason most people recognize his name today. Yes, the base of this write up will be under the pretext of his famous trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings, but not from a standpoint that most know. At leastnot the average individual that has just seen the movies but never experienced the exhilarating, captivating, and at times gut-wrenching ride of his novels. Without that experience a person would never fathom how Tolkien’s greatest obstacle in life was not to create the mythological world the people of today know and love but instead to create one that pays tribute to his country, those who fought along side him during World War I, and to give insight into something he believed to be dooming. Taking the quote from Humphrey Carpenter’s definitive biography where he recollects on J.R.R. Tolkien by stating (Gale, 2013 (1)), “he had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic to the level of romantic fairy-story--the larger founded on the lesser in contact with the earth, the lesser drawing splendour from the vast backcloths--which I could dedicate simply: to England; to my country,” there is clear evidence that there was a greater purpose for his literary work to reach its fruition. However, if one is to simply just take that quote into consideration and nothing else, they would miss out on the opportunity to discover that there is additional subtext in his literary work, which spoke to the ever-changing conditions he found in the real world.
Knowing what intentions Tolkien had for writing his books; the obstacles, though they may not be obvious, stem from his own view of the world and what its readers would derive from his novels. The most evident of these didn’t come during his writing stages but rather after his books were published and the world took its view of the ring.