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dc.contributor.authorOlson, Carl
dc.contributor.departmentAlbert S. Cook Libraryen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-12T18:11:55Z
dc.date.available2018-11-12T18:11:55Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.description.abstractApplies Rene Girard’s mimetic theory to a study of Frodo’s motivations and role models in the early phases of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s incorporation of extensive background material deepens our understanding of his main characters, most of all his central hero, Frodo. Commonly described as “role-models,” external mediators work to pacify relations in a community, and act to endow individuals with meaning, purpose, and direction they otherwise would not have. By the imitation of role-models, Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry become real to Tolkien’s readers by comparison and contrast to Bilbo Baggins, Gildor and his high elves, Tom Bombadil and ultimately, the long-lost Eärendil. Tolkien arrived at similar insights to Girard by drawing upon his legacy of classical and Catholic education.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol37/iss1/8/en_US
dc.formatapplication/pdf
dc.format.extent13 pagesen_US
dc.genrejournal articlesen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/M2FT8DP3C
dc.identifier.citationOlson, Carl P. (2018) "A Cloud of Witnesses: External Mediation in Frodo’s Journey to Rivendell and Beyond," Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 37 : No. 1 , Article 8. Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol37/iss1/8en_US
dc.identifier.issn0146-9339
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11603/11963
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Mythopoeic Societyen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtTowson University
dc.relation.isAvailableAtTowson University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, vol. 37, no. 1
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectTolkien, J.R.R. (1892-1973)en_US
dc.subjectMimetic theoryen_US
dc.subjectPsychology in literatureen_US
dc.subjectChristianity in fantasy literatureen_US
dc.subjectHeroismen_US
dc.titleA Cloud of Witnesses: External Mediation in Frodo’s Journey to Rivendell and Beyonden_US
dc.typeTexten_US


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