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Wise Men in Times of Woe: Wizards as representations of human interaction with the natural world in The Lord of the Rings
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The fictive world created by Oxford Professor J. R. R. Tolkien is intimately linked with his own views of the world. His love for the natural world shines through his works and has given rise to multiple scholars focusing on Tolkien and ecology. This study falls under that category and is an ecological interpretation of The Lord of the Rings and presents the argument that Tolkien divides his characters into three types. These types are representations of different approaches to nature: nature as a tool for human progress, nature as our ideal existence and nature as an equal part of the world. The significance of the study is the focus on the three wizards in The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf the Grey, Saruman the White and Radagast the Brown, as representatives of different ecological positions. The study centres on the argument that Gandalf is a representative of nature as an equal part of the world. A balanced, holistic view of nature and humanity is put forward by J. R. R. Tolkien as the correct way for humanity to view nature. Furthermore, Gandalf as a character shows how humanity is supposed to act in terms of natural protection and preservation.

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2019. , p. 23
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Tolkien, ecocriticism, nature, fantasy, wizards, Lord of the Rings
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169643DiVA, id: diva2:1323600
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Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-12 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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