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Tom 22 (2016)

„Mythopoeia” and „Quenta Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien — God, Faith, Freedom, and the Second Coming

  • Jakub Z. Lichański
6 września 2017


Mythopoeia and Quenta Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien — God, Faith, Freedom, and the Second Coming

The aim of the study is to describe how such categories as: God, faith, freedom, Second Coming are presented in the works of J.R. R. Tolkien, mainly in the poem Mythopoeia and in the epos Quenta Silmarillion. The author referring to the achievements of the writer, and also literature and tries to show how specified categories are introduced to the aforementioned literary works and what a role they play. The myth that in Tolkien’s work plays an important role, is an expression of hope; analysis also shows that faith and expectation of the Second Coming do not restrict the freedom of heroes. On the contrary — they are its full expression.
Another problem is the issue of “kiss of Circe”, which symbolizes Tolkien’s “seduction economic delusion of happiness” and that deprives us of the gift of being free. The thesis of the author coincides with Hermann Brochs note that our hope lies in remaining faithful „Platonic ideas”, which is close conjunction with Christian hope. Otherwise — we will fight in barbarism. Tolkien’s work shows us the essence of said Hope. As said Stefan Lichański “in the process of exploring this love works in a latent, we delude ourselves that everything we get, we owe yourself while here we need the inspirational power of God’s love”.