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Tolkien's tale may have been inspired by the medieval poem Sir Orfeo, which begins Orfeo was a king In Inglond an heiȝe lording.
Tolkien's tale may have been inspired by the medieval poem Sir Orfeo, which begins Orfeo was a king In Inglond an heiȝe lording.
Tolkien shared the Catholic hope that God had a plan for virtuous pagans like Aragorn. Woodcut The Three Good Pagans by Hans Burgkmair, 1519
Tolkien shared the Catholic hope that God had a plan for virtuous pagans like Aragorn. Woodcut The Three Good Pagans by Hans Burgkmair, 1519
In Peter Jackson's The Lord of The Rings film trilogy, the tale is brought from the appendix into the main narrative, and (shown) Arwen brings the ban
In Peter Jackson's The Lord of The Rings film trilogy, the tale is brought from the appendix into the main narrative, and (shown) Arwen brings the banner of the White Tree to Aragorn, and they are married. In the book these are separate events. Aragorn is shown wearing a circlet; Tolkien described the crown in the book as a taller version of the helmets of the city guard, and in a later letter as resembling the Hedjet of Upper Egypt.
Mary Bowman compares the "feigned" historical echoing of Beren and Lúthien in the "Tale of Aragorn and Arwen" with Dante's echoing of Lancelot and Gui
Mary Bowman compares the "feigned" historical echoing of Beren and Lúthien in the "Tale of Aragorn and Arwen" with Dante's echoing of Lancelot and Guinevere in his tale of Paolo and Francesca, here in an 1862 painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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Beowulf's eotenas [ond] ylfe [ond] orcneas, "ogres [and] elves [and] devil-corpses" helped to inspire Tolkien to create the Orcs and Elves of Middle-e
Beowulf's eotenas [ond] ylfe [ond] orcneas, "ogres [and] elves [and] devil-corpses" helped to inspire Tolkien to create the Orcs and Elves of Middle-earth.
Barbara Remington's cover illustrations for the Ballantine paperback version "achieved mass-cult status" on American college campuses in the 1960s. Th
Barbara Remington's cover illustrations for the Ballantine paperback version "achieved mass-cult status" on American college campuses in the 1960s. They were parodied by Michael K. Frith's cover design for the 1969 Bored of the Rings.
"Welcome to Hobbiton" sign in Matamata, New Zealand, where Peter Jackson's film version was shot
"Welcome to Hobbiton" sign in Matamata, New Zealand, where Peter Jackson's film version was shot