What Is The Purpose Of The Lord Of The Rings?

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1. Introduction
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the world's most famous authors. His book trilogy The Lord of the Rings is one of the most read books of all time and it is said to be the foundation of the Fantasy genre.
1:1 Aim
The aim of this essay is to analyze whether or not the story of The Lord of the Rings can be connected to Tolkien's own private life, how his experiences may reflect upon the events and environments he describes in his storytelling, and what hidden meanings can be found in the books.
1:2 Method
To write this essay, various sources from the Internet will be used to come to a conclusion regarding the aim of the essay.

2. J.R.R. Tolkien
In this paragraph Tolkien's personal life, from his birth up to the point when The Lord
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This gave his career a huge nudge, and he was immediately signed to write a sequel – which turned out as The Lord of the Rings.

3. The Lord of the Rings
In this paragraph Middle-earth and The Lord of the Rings will be described briefly.

The Lord of the Rings is set in a fictive, pre-historic version of our world, called Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings is no regular story, but a story of great depth, where every detail is thoroughly thought through. Middle-earth has its own carefully developed geography, history, peoples, languages and cultures, and nothing is left to coincidence. J.R.R. Tolkien worked with this fictional world from 1914 until his death day in September 1973 – and he still was not done when he died, leaving the work to his son Christopher Tolkien to finish (for example The Silmarillion, a compilation of texts concerning the creation and upcoming of Middle-earth). Many say that The Lord of the Rings was the beginning of the Fantasy genre, and that every writer of Fantasy after Tolkien has got to have some kind of influence from his works. That is an example of the impact the trilogy has made on the literary world – but what impact had it on Tolkien himself?

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This story is said to have come to Tolkien after he had watched his own wife, Edith Bratt, dance.
There is also proof of this inspiration on the Tolkiens' tombstone – when Edith died in 1971, J.R.R. had ”Luthien” inscripted on her tombstone. When he in his turn died in 1973, he was buried in the same grave, and had ”Beren” inscripted on the stone as well. 3

5. Conclusion
With the examples given in the discussion part of this essay, it is clear to see that Tolkien did in fact base much of Middle-earth and The Lord of the Rings off of his personal life, even though he was quite reluctant to say so himself. There are some obvious parallels, such as the fact that the hobbits were based on J.R.R.'s own personality, and some that are not as easy to define, like how much of the War of the Ring that is actually based on the World
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