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This paper explains that, in his novels "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien describes a powerful Ring of satanic power that corrupts whoever possesses it. The author points out that the plots of the two novels resemble each other although the action in "The Lord of the Rings" is much more involved with many more episodes, a larger cast of characters and a much more serious tone. The paper relates that, as he did in the earlier novel, the protagonist Gollum plays an important role in "The Lord of the Rings" utilizing qualities that link him to the characters of Bilbo and Frodo. This paper includes many quotations directly from the books and from resource material.
From the Paper:"Later, Gandalf uses the word "devours," when referring to the corrupting power of the Ring. One feels that, initially, Tolkien conceived of the evil of the Ring in terms of gluttony. Richard Mathews writes about the loss of freedom that comes when one is in possession of something evil, like the Ring. "Those driven by greed, possessiveness, hatred are tied irrevocably to the past Fall and to time" Also of significance is the fact that those who are obsessed by the Ring or by other treasures do not use what they have."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bloomfield, Morton W. The Seven Deadly Sins: An Introduction to the History of a Religious Concept, with Special Reference to Medieval English Literature. East Lansing MI.: Michigan State UP, 1952.
- Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1949.
- Carpenter, Humphrey. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. London; George Allen and Unwin, 1977.
- Chance, Jane. The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power. New York: Twayne, 1992.
- Crabbe, Katharyn F., J.R.R. Tolkien. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1981.
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J.R.R. Tolkien (2007, June 10) Retrieved June 25, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/j-r-r-tolkien-95984/
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