The Fantasy Genre: Tolkien and World Building Book Review by Blackgravity

The Fantasy Genre: Tolkien and World Building
A look at how J.R.R. Tolkien builds the world of Middle-Earth in his book "The Silmarillion."
# 147308 | 1,105 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Mar 17, 2011 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper reviews J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Silmarillion" by describing and analyzing the technique Tolkien uses to capture the interest of the reader. The paper relates that Tolkien achieves this goal by starting the book at the beginning of time in the "Lord of the Ring's" world. The paper then goes on to provide examples of how Tolkien creates this fantasy world for the reader, essentially letting his readers experience the world being setup around them.

From the Paper:

"By creating a clear good side and bad side Tolkien has created a struggle where the bad side is trying to stop the reader's world from becoming clear and imaginable. This immediately draws the reader to dislike him for that reason. However, the fact that this one god--labeled as a stronger god with a keen intellect-- is able to compete with eight other Ainar causes the reader to respect Melkor for his strength and determination making him an enjoyable character to read about and an attractive, seductive, character to ally with, as many of the servant gods created after and inferior to the Ainar do. The character development in the beginning of The Silmarillion is essential to the story because it gives the reader a clear understanding of the intentions of these powerful beings that setup the ongoing and future conflicts that shape this age of Earth as well as the two ages that are yet to come in the later installments of this epic."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Tolkien, J.R.R. The Silmarillion. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. New York, Random House Publishing Group.

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