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By Robert A. Segal

A survey of the prior three hundred years of theorizing on fable, this booklet takes into consideration the paintings of such well-liked thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Lévi-Strauss, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud. It makes a speciality of diversified methods to fable, from the entire significant disciplines--including technological know-how, faith, philosophy, literature, and psychology. Robert Segal considers the long run research of fable, and the prospective functionality of fantasy on the earth because the grownup identical of play.

In order to investigate the several theories of fantasy, Segal makes a speciality of the fantasy in regards to the destiny of the preternaturally appealing Adonis. the place one thought doesn't paintings, he substitutes one other fantasy, exhibiting that, for all their claims to all-inclusiveness, definite theories, in truth, purely observe to express types of myths. A uniform set of questions is equipped to explain either the strengths and the weaknesses of the conjectures.

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4 LOTR, Appendices. 5 UT, p. 240. 6 UT, p. 189. 7 Letters, p. 242. 8 The Hobbit, chapter 8. 9 Ibid. chapter 10. 10 Ibid. 11 Letters, pp. 185-6. 12 Letters, p. 188. 13 Letters, p. 216. 14 LOTR II, 6. 15 LOTR IV, 8. 16 Ibid. 17 LOTR III, 5. 18 Ibid. 19 LOTR III, 8. 20 LOTR, Appendix A. 21 UT, p. 277.

The first obvious step in this downfall was to draw a sword on his half-brother, Fingolfin. For this act he was banished from Tirion by the Valar. Fëanor accepted this punishment, but desired the Silmarils with an increasing love. When the Trees were destroyed, Fëanor was asked to give the Silmarils to the Valar, so that Yavanna could restore life to the Trees. Fëanor would not do so. It would break his heart. But he did not realise that he could not in fact give up the Silmarils, for they had been stolen by Morgoth.

In content, Tolkien's mythology bears a stronger resemblance to the north-west European myths, but to simply exclude, for example, the Kalevala, is to fly in the face of the evidence. The tale of Túrin Turambar has ingredients of the tale of Kullervo within it. The Silmarils are similar to the Sampo, the jewels of the Kalevala. Reams could be written drawing comparisons between the content of Tolkien's tales and those of the great literary myths. The result would be that the tales were - as Gandalf the Gray to Gandalf the White - like, yet unlike.

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