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Tolkien Discussion Board - Module 3 1. Identify and discuss two key learnings or concepts from the Drout Lecture on "reading" J.R.R. Tolkien. Include quotes and paraphrases from Drout to support your statements. One point that I found especially important from Drout’s lecture was what he referred to as the “Epistemic Regime,” which functions as a sort of framing device for Middle Earth. As a reader, we are thrust into a world that we are entirely unfamiliar with, but that the characters all know well (they live there, after all). People, moments from history, lore, legend, or geography that characters casually refer to mean nothing to the reader. However, in order for the author to avoid a “Treatise of Tedium” where pages and pages are used for boring exposition to familiarize the reader with the world, Tolkien, “in any given scene, uses the point of view of the least knowledgeable character .” Overall, Tolkien’s “Epistemic Regime” is organized this way: Characters > Least Knowledgable Character (Point of View) > Reader. Now, instead of being “told” about aspects of the world, we read along with the character who is also unaware of those things; as they learn, discover, or wonder about something, so, too, does the reader. For example, when Frodo is unaware of what the Ring Wraiths are, we feel his same fear over ominous, cloaked riders following him. When he finally discovers their true nature as servants of Sauron, our reaction of surprise and horror mirrors his. This is one of the key things that makes The Lord of the Rings so enjoyable as a piece of literature: we get to learn with the characters, and even

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