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

J. R. R. Tolkien World Literature Analysis

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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