S
tages of Imagination:

 



E
xploring Theme and Vision in

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth

 


By

Rico Marcel Abrahamsen
Copyright: May 15, 2003


J.R.R. Tolkien


Contents

 

 

"The significance of myth is not to be pinned on paper by analytical reasoning.
It is at its best when it is presented by a poet who feels rather than makes
explicit what his theme portends; who presents it incarnate in the world of
history and geography…."

 – J.R.R. Tolkien on Beowulf.

 

 

 

Introduction:

Thesis  

A Critical Overview  

 

Subcreation – Writing Middle-earth:

Secondary Belief
Stages of Imagination

 

Modes of the Heroic:

A Theory of Courage 

Ofermod As Tragic Motif

The Humble Hero

 

The Irony of Evil:

Shades of Evil

One Ring to Rule Them All


Conclusion
 Mythic Consciousness

 

 Bibliography

 

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