Tolkien & Chivalry Archive

  • The chivalric romances of old always featured a mighty knight or warrior as their protagonist. In “The Lord of the Rings,” however, the hero is a hobbit — a humble, even timid character who has no love of glory, and who would rather enjoy a bountiful breakfast than go on an epic quest.

    Frodo and Courage

    The chivalric romances of old always featured a mighty knight or warrior as their protagonist. In “The Lord of the Rings,” however, the hero is a hobbit — a humble, even timid character who has no love of glory, and who would rather enjoy a bountiful breakfast than go on an epic quest.

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  • Although the story of “The Lord of the Rings” may seem simple on its surface, there is, in fact, a great deal of complexity in the story. The Ring of Power, which is at the heart of the story’s conflict, has an effect on every character who comes into contact with it.

    The Ring and the Knightly Virtues

    Although the story of “The Lord of the Rings” may seem simple on its surface, there is, in fact, a great deal of complexity in the story. The Ring of Power, which is at the heart of the story’s conflict, has an effect on every character who comes into contact with it.

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  • Tolkien’s tale of the battle for Middle Earth is clearly an effort to introduce today’s readers to the wonderful literary tradition of the medieval epic sagas.

    Tolkien and Chivalry Today

    Tolkien’s tale of the battle for Middle Earth is clearly an effort to introduce today’s readers to the wonderful literary tradition of the medieval epic sagas.

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