The lords of the West : cloaking, freedom and the divine narrative in Tolkien's poetics
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The article aims (1) to investigate the hidden divine narrative in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, that is the agency of divine characters in and on the story, whose presence appears to other, non-divine characters only in ‘cloaked’ or ‘glimpsed’ form; (2) to discuss the reasons for the concealing of this narrative (and of divine presence in general), which is revealed as a key feature of Tolkien’s literary technique and poetics. The article analyses both literary and non-literary sources, arguing that the Creator’s love for the freedom of His creatures is the main reason accounting for this ‘cloaking’ and this ‘glimpsing’, both within Tolkien’s sub-created, ‘secondary’ world and the ‘primary’ reality to which he belongs.
Pezzini , G 2019 , ' The lords of the West : cloaking, freedom and the divine narrative in Tolkien's poetics ' , Journal of Inklings Studies , vol. 9 , no. 2 , pp. 115-153 . https://doi.org/10.3366/ink.2019.0042
Journal of Inklings Studies
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