The Song of Middle Earth: J.R.R.Tolkien's Themes, Symbols and Myths
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The Song of Middle-earth takes a fresh look at the historical background to The Lord of the Rings. David Harvey digs deep into the foundations of Tolkien's world, to reveal the complex web of history and myth that lies behind the stories.
The author dismisses the charge that Tolkien's work was merely derivative - that he had extracted tales, elements and themes from other mythologies and incorporated them into his own fiction.
The Song of Middle-earth explores the myth of both Tolkien's work and other mythologies. The manner of the telling of the Tales in The Book of Lost Tales: I is significant and in the mythic tradition. Many of them are recounted orally and have a lyrical and rhythmic quality when read aloud. Apart from this method of story-telling, major themes, as one would expect in a mythology, run throughout a number of books.
The reader will perhaps only recognise myth as a far-off echo in the narrative. There will, however, be a recognition of the significance of the created world of Tolkien to his or her own experience. In achieving that recognition, Tolkien will have fulfilled, in David Harvey's view, his desire to create a mythology for England.
David Harvey has spent twenty years studying the books of J. R. R. Tolkien. His enthusiasm culminated in his winning the 1981 International Mastermind title. He is the author of a children's book that reflects his interest in myth and fantasy, Dragon Smoke and Magic Song, also published by Allen and Unwin.
Word of God. Although nothing is decreed from the beginning, the Elves have a choice as well as certain moral imperatives which should be followed. If they choose to ignore the moral imperatives, they sin for the first time and then, as fallen, they must continue to sin. Sin involves choice. Adam and Eve had a choice - to follow the entrapment of the serpent or obey the Word of God. Their choice was the serpent. They fell. Tolkien suggests that the rebellion of created free will preceded the
have a lot less power than the Elves of Beleriand or of the Blessed Realm. Elrond is Half-elven. The Ring Vilya enhances and amplifies the powers that he possesses to a considerable degree. Círdan, an Elf from the Blessed Lands, possessed Narya until he relinquished it to Gandalf. Galadriel holds Nenya. She too came from the Blessed Lands. The importance of the One to these High Elves can only be viewed in the context of a diminishing power of the Elves that, as at the end of the Third Age, has
seen in Middle-earth, and none greater has been mustered since the host of the Valar went against Thangorodrim.41 None could stand against Aeglos, the spear of Gil-galad, and Elendil's sword Narsil filled orcs and men with fear. Sauron's force was so beset that he wrestled corps-à-corps with Gilgalad and Elendil. In such a fight the Ring could have no power for the contest was one of strength and will. Sauron fell taking Gil-galad and Elendil with him. The Ring passed to Isildur and thence to the
for himself as King. One of the most significant things that Aragorn does is to make more declarations of his kingly heritage before strangers. At the Argonath he makes a private declaration to those who already know who he is, but he enlarges upon his lineage - 'Elessar, the Elfstone son of Arathorn of the House of Valandil Isildur's son, heir of Elendil.' 4 This declaration is the first one made outside a place of sanctuary. The second is made to Éomer on the Plains of Rohan. It is made to a
subcreatively) and 'says that they are good' - as beautiful. The Light of Sun (or Moon) is derived from the Trees only after they were sullied by Evil.11 The Light of Valinor, the light before it and the light of the Silmaril are the purest form of beauty and embody the essential light of nature created by infinitely sublime creative forces. To understand this concept of light it is necessary to go back to Telperion and Laurelin and the creation myth. As we have seen, the categorical imperative