undergraduate thesis
Fantasy Literature and Christianity: Morality in J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit

Sanja Pavić (2016)
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Metadata
TitleFantasy Literature and Christianity: Morality in J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit
AuthorSanja Pavić
Mentor(s)Ljubica Matek (thesis advisor)
Abstract
J. R. R. Tolkien is widely considered to be the father of modern fantasy. His efforts to prove to his readers that fairy stories do not belong exclusively to childrens literature and his revolutionary style of creating the myths in his stories have paved the way for many other contemporary fantasy novels. He has incorporated his devout Christian beliefs into his stories and characters, which captivate numerous readers even decades after his death. Tolkien believed that the only true myth is the Gospel and that all any author can do is simply try to recreate such perfection in his own work. Even though he disliked allegory, Christian influence on his work is clearly evident, especially in the creation myth at the beginning of The Silmarillion. Using his characters, Tolkien demonstrates the importance of some of the essential values of Christian doctrine: pity, mercy, forgiveness, remorse, belief in a Divine power, the importance of friendship, and the significance of hope. This paper analyses and identifies the examples of those values in Tolkiens works and focuses on the morality of his characters in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Parallel title (Croatian)Kršćanski elementi u fantastičnoj književnosti: pitanja morala u "Gospodaru prstenova" i "Hobbitu" J. R. R. Tolkiena
Committee MembersJasna Poljak Rehlicki (committee chairperson)
Ljubica Matek (committee member)
Jadranka Zlomislić (committee member)
GranterJosip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Theory and History of Literature
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmePhilosophy (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. phil.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-09-12
Parallel keywords (Croatian)J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings The Hobbit
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:346809
CommitterBernardica Plašćak