J. R. R. Tolkien World Literature Analysis - Essay

J. R. R. Tolkien World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Tolkien’s interest in fantasy began with his childhood curiosity about languages. Later, his professional linguistic training enabled him to create a Middle-earth in which cultural differences are significant. In the essay “On Fairy-Stories,” however, he suggests what underlay this curiosity. In the traditional tales of the past, readers could explore “Faërie: the Perilous Realm itself”:The magic of Faërie is not an end in itself, its virtue is in its operations: among these are the satisfaction of certain primordial human desires. One of these is to survey the depths of space and time. Another is . . . to hold communion with other living things. A story may thus deal with the satisfaction of these desires, with or...

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