Lord Of The Rings Analysis

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“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” In Middle-Earth, a Dark Lord named Sauron forged the One Ring from the fires of Mount Doom. It was greater than all the other Rings of Power and would grant him the power to conquer and rule all the beings and lands that exist in Middle Earth. The One Ring corrupts whoever wears it and a group of different beings that exist in Middle-Earth come together on a journey to destroy the One Ring and all the evil it wields. The Lord of the Rings is an epic novel written by J.R.R Tolkien as a sequel to his 1937 novel The Hobbit. These novels were adapted to film by Peter Jackson throughout 2001-2003 and achieved immense commercial success. While Tolkien’s inspirations often focus on those of Norse and Germanic mythological origins, The Lord of the Rings also contains themes that are seen throughout Greek mythology. Tolkien’s work directly utilises elements present in various Greek mythology. More specifically, Tolkien’s work functions as an example of moral values of its social setting,…show more content…
The function of a myth “refers to the purpose that a myth serves for the individual, groups or society as [a] whole” (Maurizio 15). Dotley proposes a three-part explanation of the features of myth, including one that refers to the function of myth as a way to understand not only a one’s personal experiences, but also how they fit into a broader framework and how to understand this broader framework. Another way to understand this similar function of myth is through Helene P. Foley’s theory presented in her article titled, A question of origins: Goddess cults Greek and modern. She assumes that a myth has one overwhelming message that upholds the ideas and beliefs of its social setting (Maurizio 177) in accordance with the moral values of the society the myth is presented
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