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Philosophy and FantasySymbolism of the Ring One of the masters of British Literature John Ronald Reuel Tolkien hasthe unique ability to create a fantasy world in which exists a nearlyendless supply of parallelisms to reality By mastering his own world andhis own language and becoming one with his fantasy Tolkien is able tocreate wonderful symbolism and meaning out of what would otherwise beconsidered nonsense Thus when one decides to study The Ruling Ring orThe One Ring in Tolkien s trilogy Lord of the Rings one must not simplyperform an examination of the ring itself but rather a complex analysis ofthe events which take place from the time of the ring s creation until thetime of its destruction Concurrently to develop a more completeunderstanding of the symbolic nature of the ring one must first develop asymbolic understanding of the characters and events that are relevant tothe story This essay begins with a brief background of Tolkien s lifefollowed by a thorough history of the One Ring including its creationits symbolic significance its effect on mortals and its eventualdestruction Also this essay will compare Tolkien s Ring to the RhinegoldRing of Norse mythology and will also show how many of the characters inthe trilogy lend themselves to Christ-figure status By examining the Ringfrom these perspectives a clearer understanding of its symbolicsignificance will be reached John Ronald Reuel Tolkien an English scholar and storyteller becamefascinated by language at an early age during his schooling atparticularly the languages of Northern Europe both ancient and modern This affinity for language did not only lead to his profession but alsohis private hobby the invention of languages He was also drawn to theentire Northern tradition which inspired him to study its myths andsagas thoroughly His broad knowledge eventually led to the development ofhis opinions about Myth its relation to language and the importance ofstories All these various perspectives language the heroic traditionand Myth as
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