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All I want to do is move on,' the year-old actor added. Justin may have pissed the wrong woman off. This allows for such translations as elf becoming Elb in German — Elb does not carry the connotations of mischief that its English counterpart does and therefore is more true to the work that Tolkien created. In contrast to the usual modern practice, names intended to have a particular meaning in the English version are translated to provide a similar meaning in the target language: in German, for example, the name "Baggins" becomes Album) containing the word Beutel meaning "bag".
Influences The Lord of the Rings began as a personal exploration by Tolkien of his interests in philology, religion particularly Roman Catholicism-but rather as an attempt to create a mythos un-related to itfairy tales, as well as Norse mythology, but it was also crucially influenced by the effects of his military service during World War I.
He also devised a huge amount of detail, including genealogies of characters, languages, writing systems, calendars and histories. Some of this supplementary material is detailed in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings, and the legendary history woven into a large, Biblically-styled volume entitled The Silmarillion. Many parts of the world he crafted, as Album) freely admitted, are influenced by other sources.
In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self-sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing.
In addition the Lord's Prayer "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" was reportedly present in Tolkien's mind as he described Frodo's struggles against the power of the One Ring.
His Ainur, a race of angelic beings who are responsible for conceptualising the world, includes the Valar, the pantheon of "gods" who are responsible for the maintenance of everything from skies and seas to dreams and doom, and their servants, the Maiar.
As the external practice of Middle-earth religion is downplayed in The Lord of the Rings, explicit information about them is only given in the different versions of Silmarillion material. However, there remain allusions to this aspect of Tolkien's writings, including "the Great Enemy" who was Sauron's master and "Elbereth, Queen Album) Stars" Morgoth and Varda respectively, two of the Valar in the main text, the "Authorities" referring to the Valar, literally Powers in the Prologue, and "the One" in Appendix A.
Other non-Christian mythological or folkloric elements can be seen, including other sentient non-humans Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits and Entsa "Green Man" Tom Bombadiland spirits or ghosts Barrow-wights, Oathbreakers.
Gandalf the "Odinic wanderer", from a book cover by John Howe. The Northern European mythologies are perhaps the best known non-Christian influences on Tolkien. His Elves and Dwarves are by and large based on Norse and related Germanic mythologies. The figure of Gandalf is particularly influenced by the Germanic deity Odin in his incarnation as "the Wanderer", an old man with one eye, a long white beard, a wide brimmed hat, and a staff; Tolkien states that he thinks of Gandalf as an "Odinic wanderer" in a letter of Specific influences include the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf.
However, Tolkien once wrote in response to a Swedish translator's claim that the One Ring was "in a certain way" Wagner's Ring, "Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceases. Like the One Ring, the Sampo is fought over by forces of good and evil, and is ultimately lost to the world as it is destroyed towards the end of the story.
Tolkien also based his Elvish language Quenya on Finnish. Shakespeare's Macbeth also influenced Tolkien in a number of ways. The Ent attack on Isengard was inspired by "Birnam Wood coming to Dunsinane" in the play; Tolkien felt men carrying boughs were not impressive enough, and thus he used actual tree-like creatures.
The central action of the books — a climactic, age-ending war between good and evil — is the central event of many mythologies, notably Norse, but it is also a clear reference to the well-known description of World War I, which was commonly referred to as "the war to end all wars". After the publication of The Lord of the Rings these influences led to speculation that the One Ring was an allegory for the nuclear bomb.
Nevertheless there is a strong theme of despair in the face of new mechanized warfare that Tolkien himself had experienced in the trenches of World War I. The development of a specially bred Orc army, and the destruction of the environment to aid this, also have modern resonances; and the effects of the Ring on its users evoke the modern literature of drug addiction as much as any historic quest literature.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one, and it would be irresponsible to dismiss such direct statements on these matters lightly. Tolkien had already completed most of the book, including the ending in its entirety, before the first nuclear bombs were made known to the world at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August While connections between the Ring and 'nuclear' weapons are sometimes drawn, Tolkien had developed the nature of the Ring prior to public knowledge of such.
However, it is clear that the Ring has broad applicability to the concept of Absolute Power and its effects, and that the plot hinges on the view that anyone who seeks to gain absolute worldly power will inevitably be corrupted by it.
Some also say that there is clear evidence that one of the main subtexts of the story — the passing of a mythical "Golden Age" — was influenced not only by Arthurian legend but also by Tolkien's contemporary anxieties about the growing encroachment of urbanisation and industrialisation into the "traditional" English lifestyle and countryside.
Some locations and characters were inspired by Tolkien's childhood in Sarehole then a Worcestershire village, now part of Birmingham and Birmingham. Recent reviews in various media have been, in a majority, highly positive. On its initial review the Sunday Telegraph felt it was "among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. New York Times reviewer Judith Shulevitz criticized the "pedantry" of Tolkien's literary style, saying that he "formulated a high-minded belief in the importance of his mission as a literary preservationist, which turns out to be death to literature itself.
Both the characters and the work itself are, according to Jenkyns, "anemic, and lacking in fiber. Hugo Dyson was famously recorded Album) saying, during one of Tolkien's readings to the group, "Oh no! Not another fucking elf! Lewis, had very different feelings, writing, "here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like Part I - Gandalf - Symphonic Landscapes (CD iron.
Here is a book which will break your heart. Science-fiction author David Brin criticized the books for what he perceived to be their unquestioning devotion to a traditional elitist social structure, their positive depiction of the slaughter of the opposing forces, and their romantic backward-looking worldview.
In his essay, "Epic Pooh," he equates Tolkien's work to Winnie-the-Pooh and criticises it and similar works for their perceived Merry England point of view. More recently, critical analysis has focused on Tolkien's experiences in the First World War; writers such as John Garth in Tolkien and the Great War, Janet Brennan Croft and Tom Shippey all look in detail at this aspect and compare the imagery, mental landscape and traumas in The Lord of the Rings with those experienced by soldiers in the trenches and the history of the Great War.
John Carey, formerly Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, speaking in April on the BBC "Big Read" programme which voted Lord of the Rings "Britain's best-loved book", said that "Tolkien's writing is essentially a species of war literature; not as direct perhaps as Wilfred Owen, or as solid as some, but very, very interesting as that — the most solid reflection on war experiences written up as fantasy.
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