The Characteristics Of Icelandic Heroes Essay

1009 Words May 29th, 2016 5 Pages
characteristics of Icelandic heroes in general. To go unflinchingly to their doom with full foreknowledge of it was the only way of proving themselves superior to it. They defied their fate by accepting it” (qtd. In Tolkien’s Cauldron). In much the same way, the characters of Tolkien’s book accept the fate that has been bequeathed to them despite the apparent doom which they would deem unavoidable. Tolkien seemed to be drawn into writing about the same romanticized notions as that of Beowulf; Tolkien believed that myths should be resolved upon coming to a eucatastrophe wherein despite insurmountable odds a protagonist would come out the victor at the end. Until this point it would seem that only positive attributes of the myth Beowulf have been utilized by Tolkien in his book, however, myths were written about men who are prone to the vices of the world and as such are susceptible to the influence of both vanity and pride. The heroes of Beowulf are not known for their modesty, boasting would be seen as common among the characters of the poem and so too may it be found that characters within The Lord of the Rings are predisposed to have fallen into the same peccadillo. In The Lord of the Rings, Boromir boasts of his prowess among men and his faithfulness to the fellowship. When he is first introduced at the council of Elrond, he says “believe not that in the land of Gondor the blood of numenor is spent, nor all its pride and dignity forgotten. By our valor the wild folk of…

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