Mythological Universe In The Lord Of The Rings

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What sort of mythological universe is presented in the work?
The Lord of the Rings is set in the fictional world of Middle Earth. In a mythological sense, it can be viewed as myths of the events that took place before human history. Throughout the films, an aura of myth and reminiscence is maintained. It starts off in the Shire with a bright and casual tone, and moves into a more dark and serious tone as the fellowship branches out into more dangerous parts of the world. Middle Earth is inhabited with various kinds of people: elves, dwarves, talking trees, halflings, and humans. Each of the races have their own land territories and are distinct from one another. The universe exists similarly to reality, with political and economic complications,
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It takes the idea of restoring the world to conservative ways, through bringing the rightful heir back to his throne and restoring balance. The success of it means the rejuvenation of a traditional social structure which had been disrupted by evil. It is the same kind of ideology that a conservative political parties may take on. A better world that has been lost, but can be brought back by restoring orthodox values. Thus, as a viewer, the myth may be interpreted as a way to present values and meanings about society.

Is it based on a classical model or invented?
Classical myths come from ancient Greek and Rome. And more specifically are passed down throughout generations. To call The Lord of the Rings mythology “classic”, would imply that the films exemplify Greek and Roman antiquity. The universe presented is purely fictional, and set in a fictional past. Therefore it is invented.

It is possible that it was influenced by classical mythology. A similar aspect would be the heroic protagonists, who are all either royalty, nonhuman with fanciful traits, or god-like. For example, the elves are perceived as very angelic, with otherworldly beauty and wisdom. Sam’s reaction to seeing the Elves as they leave the Middle-Earth universe really exemplifies this. Just like classical mythology, the ideas presented may be a way of explaining natural phenomena in the natural
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How Middle-Earth comes to the end of the age of magic, and moves into the age of men. Functionally, our heroes may be used to teach morality and social behavior, as the themes are used effectively, making them role models. Structurally, it may be used to show the two sides of the human mind, the good side and the bad side. Smeagol’s inner conflict is a good example. One side of him remembers compassion and how to develop friendship, whereas the other side of him desires the ring and will do anything evil to retain it. It conveys the idea that there are two sides in every person that conflict

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