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Kršćanski elementi u fantastičnoj književnosti: pitanja morala u "Gospodaru prstenova" i "Hobbitu" J. R. R. Tolkiena

By Sanja Pavić

Abstract

Tolkien invested almost twenty years of work to create his masterpieces - The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, and its predecessor, The Hobbit. He created a world of imagination and mythical powers that is so intrinsically close to our real world. Using the elements of good and evil, Tolkien presents us the relation between Christian values and his characters, demonstrating great knowledge of mythology and a complexity of language. Once more the forces of good will conquer the evil and those who deserve to suffer will be punished. Raised in a profound Christian spirit, and through the influence of Greek and Norse mythology, he combines history, legend, and myth into the unique world of his own religion and mythology. There is a constant similarity between Tolkien’s characters and the ones from the Norse mythology, which depicts his admiration and fascination with the concept of mythology and the complexity of the language itself. Tolkien’s stories are not just another imaginary fiction, something you use simply for amusement. Because of their religious connotations and metaphoric representation of English society, his stories are of much greater universal human value for every reader. Although he was not the first publisher of the fantasy genre, it was the great success of his novels - The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that led to the vast popularization of the genre. Because of that fact, he is often identified as the “father” of the popular fantasy literature, especially high fantasy

Topics: HUMANISTIČKE ZNANOSTI. Filologija. Teorija i povijest književnosti., HUMANISTIC SCIENCES. Philology. Theory and History of Literature., Norse Mythology, Christianity, Greek Mythology, Language, Good and Evil
Publisher: Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Department of English Language and Literature.
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:repozitorij.ffos.hr:ffos_1704

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