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Relationship between reality and fantasy

The Shire

Sep 16 2012, 10:41am

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I am in the very very early stages of writing a dissertation on The Lord of the Rings. One of the ideas I'm exploring at the moment relates to the interaction between fantasy and reality in the books. Specifically, I am starting to see the novel as chronicling the start of a transition period. This is the period where what we now call fantasy, which was once history, begins to change and fade into what we now call reality. It's a work in progress but as I'm at that decision point where I really need to focus down on something, I thought I'd ask the only group of Tolkien enthusiasts I know whether this sounds like a workable idea.

At the moment my thinking is very much isolated from the world of criticism. I'm struggling to find anyone writing at length about this topic so if anyone here knows of anyone that has written about it, I'd be very interested to read what others have said.

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Relationship between reality and fantasy Mim Send a private message to Mim Sep 16 2012, 10:41am
    There are comparisons... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Sep 16 2012, 2:17pm
    Fantasy or Legend? Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 16 2012, 3:59pm
        Well that's precisely the point Mim Send a private message to Mim Sep 16 2012, 10:54pm
            Okay, I see what you are getting at... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 16 2012, 11:04pm
    This subject ElendilTheShort Send a private message to ElendilTheShort Sep 18 2012, 9:11am


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