Sunday, March 27, 2011
Nature of Heroism
How do you think Tolkien means us to define heroism within his created world of Middle-earth? Are his definitions of heroism multiple? Does he have a preference between the epic hero and the folktale hero? Are his definitions of what a hero is different from or similar to those of medieval authors such as the Beowulf-poet? Who is the MOST heroic character in Tolkien's works? Why that hero? Some of you have been talking about Sam as the real hero, and one of Tolkien's letters supports that definition. However, readers don't always have to agree with writers. What do you think?