Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Arts (MA)
Department / School
This thesis argues for greater respect for J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings by tracing its connections to the world's great epics. The author analyzes significant groups of characters to illustrate their concurrence with the traditional qualities of epic heroes and epic plot lines. The author further demonstrates the deficiencies of prevailing critical opinion on the merits of The Lord of the Rings. Finally, he concludes that The Lord of the Rings is a modem-day, epic novel, worthy of the same critical legitimacy granted to other such modem epic novels.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973 Lord of the rings
Epic literature -- History and criticism
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Jalowitz, Alan Christopher, "A Tolkien Tapestry : Interwoven Epic Threads in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" (1996). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 265.