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Tolkien Discussion Board - Module 4 1. Choose 1 object, animal, natural element, being, god/goddess, place, or event from the Prose Edda , pp. 29-66 (in "The Deluding of Gylfi") and find 1 or more analogies to it in LOTR, from Books 1-3. Please give evidence from both texts to support your comparison, in the form of quotes or paraphrases from both, with page numbers cited. In drawing your comparison, include how compelling you think the similarities are or how great the differences. If you use any other sources, such as Gloriana St. Clair, also cite them. (Please do not choose Yggdrasil, since we discuss it in question #2. And do not choose Ragnarok, which we will discuss in Mod. 7) The character of Odin from the Prose Edda seems to be a very convincing analogy to Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings . The only semi-strong pieces of evidence against the parallels the two characters share are that Tolkien named Gandalf after one of the dwarves of Voluspá (Ljosland and Whitworth) and that Gandalf is, perhaps, not quite as powerful as Odin, who is the “All- father…he is the father of all the gods and men and of everything that he and his power created,” (Sturlson 37). However, these are small differences in comparison to the many similarities that Gandalf and Odin shared. It seems indisputable that Gandalf is the Odin-like figure in The Lord of the Rings in that he is the wisest, the most powerful, and entirely dedicated to stopping the spread of darkness. They also seem to share at least some similarity in appearance, as Odin “was

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