Inquiry: Power in "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings"?

Posted by tom | Sep 26, 2012

A friend recently asked me to consider writing a brief piece on how power is portrayed in "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings." Time to gather insights/data from 'the team' (feel free to pick-and-choose what questions you address):

  • In general, how is power portrayed in "The Hobbit" and/or "Lord of the Rings"?
  • What are the influences upon J.R.R. Tolkien's portrayal of power? 
  • What is the relationship between good, evil, and power? 
  • Who do you consider the most powerful characters and why? 
  • What are the implications of giving up the ring (of power)? 
  • How would you compare the writings with Peter Jackson's films in the portrayal of power?

Feel free to add your own questions and refer me to resources (e.g., articles, books, links). My responses coming, but at present I do not desire to bias you ;) In case you didn't figure it out, I'm quite excited about the opportunity and said, "Yes!" Furthermore, if you see me on the campus, in our local assembly, on the "street," I'll be asking the above questions. Be ready ;)

A question for me to raise at Evangelical Seminary . . .

2 Comments & 0 Trackbacks of "Inquiry: Power in "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings"?"

    The relationship between the Three Rings and the One Ring is interesting because the Three are seemingly good, non-corrupt powers but are vulnerable to the One (with respect to both direct power and moral corruption). Characters such as Galadriel face a choice between using the One to increase their power, inevitably resulting in corruption; or losing the good power they already possess (due either to subjugation by the One, or fading after its destruction).

    Posted by Peter V, Sep 26 2012, 16:43

    Yes, excellent point Peter!

    Posted by tom, Sep 27 2012, 22:47
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