Mini-Lecture 8 Larger Themes in Tolkien's LOTR

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Larger Themes in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings 1. The hero: Frodo, Sam, Aragorn 2. Duty/service: Lord-thegn relationship vs. fellowship a. Frodo-Sam b. Theoden-Merry c. Denethor-Pippin d. Theoden as good lord, Denethor as perversion of that 3. Love vs. fear as guiding thematic: a. Middle-Earth kingdoms vs. Mordor b. Sam as embodiment of love c. The fellowship’s love for each other 4. Hope vs. despair 5. Christian ethics vs. fate/doom a. No overt Christianity, as Beowulf would have originally been b. Still, a guiding sense of Providence c. Things and people and events are “ordained” d. Evil returns, but is always opposed and overcome (for a time) 6. Light vs. dark 7. The role of women: a. Galadriel: seer, true ruler of Lorien, most powerful force of good in Middle-Earth b. Eowyn: Valkyrie, peace-weaver, mortal woman c. Arwen: Queen, cup-bearer (but also a peace-weaver of sorts), immortal/elvish woman 8. The races of Middle-Earth: a. Wizards, Men, Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits b. The Dark Lord, Ring-Wraiths, Orcs, Trolls, Men of the South
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course ENG 320 taught by Professor Bollermann during the Spring '10 term at ASU.

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