History Creator / JRRTolkien

22nd Apr '16 1:12:01 AM morenohijazo
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* DominantSpeciesGenes: In the Middle-Earth stories, people with mixed human and elven ancestry can, and sooner or later must, choose to be human (and therefore mortal) or elven (and immortal). The visible examples of this in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are Elrond Half-Elven[[note]](a poetic rather than a precise epithet: his human ancestry came from his grandfather)[[/note]] and his daughter Arwen. Elrond chose to be an elf; Arwen chose to be human so she could live out her life with Aragorn.
20th Mar '16 7:36:28 PM Goldfritha
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* CastsNoShadow: The man in the poem "Shadow Bride."
28th Feb '16 12:32:46 PM AnimeOtaku
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**WrittenInInfirmity: He escaped the horrors of WorldWarOne with his body intact but his experiences, particularly as a veteran of the Battle of the Somme, left him scarred mentally, which he worked through partly by writing.
19th Feb '16 8:00:22 AM BeerBaron
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* MenDontCry: [[AvertedTrope Averted frequently.]]
** Aragorn is so overwhelmed with grief at the death of Boromir, weeping bitterly over the latter's body, that when Gimli and Legolas come upon the scene, they think at first that Aragorn himself has been mortally wounded.
** Also, Gandalf ''encourages'' Sam, Pippin, and Merry to weep when Frodo is going away forever.
--> ''"I will not say 'do not weep', for not all tears are an evil."''



* MenDontCry: [[AvertedTrope Averted frequently.]]
** Aragorn is so overwhelmed with grief at the death of Boromir, weeping bitterly over the latter's body, that when Gimli and Legolas come upon the scene, they think at first that Aragorn himself has been mortally wounded.
** Also, Gandalf ''encourages'' Sam, Pippin, and Merry to weep when Frodo is going away forever.
--> ''"I will not say 'do not weep', for not all tears are an evil."''
19th Feb '16 7:57:59 AM BeerBaron
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* PyrrhicVictory: Common in his works, as part of his belief that WarIsHell. You may be able to defend yourself through war, and may even defeat your enemy, but it will always come at very high cost. A few specific examples:
** The War of Wrath in ''The Silmarillion'' ends with Morgoth's defeat, but the continent of Beleriand was laid waste in the battle and sank under the sea. (Also as a result, the Valar and Maiar decide to no longer user their power to directly intervene in the war against evil, making the later battles against Sauron all the more difficult.)
** The Last Alliance managed to defeat Sauron, but lost so many people that the kingdoms of Elves and Men ended up depopulated and ripe for attack by Sauron's human allies, which led to the destruction of Arnor and the reduction of the Elves to just a few small settlements.
** The final victory over Sauron in ''The Lord of the Rings''. The destroying of the Ring led to the final waning of 'magic' in Middle-Earth and the departure of the remaining Elves to the West.
20th Dec '15 4:15:10 PM nombretomado
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** TheSilmarillion is basically the manual for both the TheHobbit and Literature/TheLordOfTheRings

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** TheSilmarillion ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is basically the manual for both the TheHobbit and Literature/TheLordOfTheRings



* DevelopmentHell: Tolkien wrote TheSilmarillion for over ''fifty'' years. And even then, it wasn't published until after his death.

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* DevelopmentHell: Tolkien wrote TheSilmarillion ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' for over ''fifty'' years. And even then, it wasn't published until after his death.



* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: TheSilmarillion, finally published in 1977 by his son Christopher.

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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: TheSilmarillion, ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', finally published in 1977 by his son Christopher.
1st Dec '15 11:36:09 AM VenomLancerHae
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* AllThereInTheManual: The Appendices made up nearly half of ''The Return of the King''.

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheManual:
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The Appendices made up nearly half of ''The Return of the King''.



* AuthorAppeal: In case you missed it, Tolkien likes linguistics, trees, music, Myth/NorseMythology, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Tolkien dark-haired grey-eyed women.]]

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* AuthorAppeal: AuthorAppeal:
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In case you missed it, Tolkien likes linguistics, trees, music, Myth/NorseMythology, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Tolkien dark-haired grey-eyed women.]]



* AuthorPhobia: Tolkien was bitten by a [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baboon_spider poisonous spider]] when he was a toddler in South Africa and narrowly escaped death. Many of his works feature giant, malevolent arachnids, including the spiders of Mirkwood, Shelob, and Ungoliant. Nontheless he claimed he had nothing conscious against spiders, routinely jarring and rehoming those he found in the bathtub, but used them that way because one of his sons is arachnophobic. (There was one upside to this event: the doctor that treated him is theorised to have been the basis of [[BigGood Gandalf]].)

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* AuthorPhobia: AuthorPhobia:
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Tolkien was bitten by a [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baboon_spider poisonous spider]] when he was a toddler in South Africa and narrowly escaped death. Many of his works feature giant, malevolent arachnids, including the spiders of Mirkwood, Shelob, and Ungoliant. Nontheless he claimed he had nothing conscious against spiders, routinely jarring and rehoming those he found in the bathtub, but used them that way because one of his sons is arachnophobic. (There was one upside to this event: the doctor that treated him is theorised to have been the basis of [[BigGood Gandalf]].)



* CleverCrows / CreepyCrows: Often show up as symbolic birds -- crows are generally a bad omen, though ravens are good guys (and can talk) in ''The Hobbit''.

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* CleverCrows / CreepyCrows: CleverCrows: Often show up as symbolic birds -- crows are generally a bad omen, though ravens are good guys (and can talk) in ''The Hobbit''.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Invoked.

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%% * EvilCannotComprehendGood: Invoked.



* TheFairFolk: Tolkien's treatment of the High Elves was a reaction to the way elves were dealt with in contemporary fiction -- either as this or as childish fairies. In Tolkien only ignorant Men like Boromir regard Elves as TheFairFolk. However, Tolkien's conception then [[FollowTheLeader caught on among later fantasy writers]] and in the end people like Creator/TerryPratchett reacted in turn back towards TheFairFolk.

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* TheFairFolk: TheFairFolk:
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Tolkien's treatment of the High Elves was a reaction to the way elves were dealt with in contemporary fiction -- either as this or as childish fairies. In Tolkien only ignorant Men like Boromir regard Elves as TheFairFolk. However, Tolkien's conception then [[FollowTheLeader caught on among later fantasy writers]] and in the end people like Creator/TerryPratchett reacted in turn back towards TheFairFolk.



* FantasyCounterpartCulture: With the exception of the Shire itself, which was modeled on the idealized 19th-century English countryside, the cultures of Middle-Earth are roughly equivalent to those of Dark Age Europe based on political situations and cultural aspects.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: FantasyCounterpartCulture:
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With the exception of the Shire itself, which was modeled on the idealized 19th-century English countryside, the cultures of Middle-Earth are roughly equivalent to those of Dark Age Europe based on political situations and cultural aspects.



* [[InterspeciesRomance Inter-people Romance]]: [[TearJerker Aegnor/Andreth]] (StarCrossedLovers), Finduilas/Túrin (one-sided, [[TriangRelations Type 5]] with Gwindor->F->T), Lúthien/Beren (married and mortal), Idril/Tuor (married and immortal), Arwen/Aragorn (married and mortal), Mithrellas/Imrazôr (married until she pulled a MissingMom), Melian/Thingol (angel and immortal elf -- Thingol died, but we can assume he was probably reincarnated).

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* [[InterspeciesRomance Inter-people Romance]]: InterspeciesRomance: [[TearJerker Aegnor/Andreth]] (StarCrossedLovers), Finduilas/Túrin (one-sided, [[TriangRelations Type 5]] with Gwindor->F->T), Lúthien/Beren (married and mortal), Idril/Tuor (married and immortal), Arwen/Aragorn (married and mortal), Mithrellas/Imrazôr (married until she pulled a MissingMom), Melian/Thingol (angel and immortal elf -- Thingol died, but we can assume he was probably reincarnated).



* MostWonderfulSound / HellIsThatNoise: [[invoked]]Part of Tolkien's aim in devising the Elvish languages and the BlackSpeech. He deliberately tried to make one sound beautiful and the other sound ugly, at least to his own aesthetic senses.

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* MostWonderfulSound / HellIsThatNoise: MostWonderfulSound: [[invoked]]Part of Tolkien's aim in devising the Elvish languages and the BlackSpeech. He deliberately tried to make one sound beautiful and the other sound ugly, at least to his own aesthetic senses.



* OnlyOneName, {{Patronymic}}s: While IAmXSonOfY and IHaveManyNames are more common, some (usually minor) characters are known only by a single name, or only by their parentage.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Very much not, [[TheThemeParkVersion even if many people mistakenly think so]]. Yes, Elves are in many ways more powerful, "magical" and skilled than mortals (they had better be, as they have long enough to practice), and they are less susceptible to corruption, but corrupted they can be. They are quite capable of stupidity, chauvinism, and screwing up monumentally - possibly ''more'' than humans in fact, as greater power can have bigger results. In addition, humans were created to be ImmuneToFate, with the ultimate destiny of ourselves and the world left undetermined.

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* OnlyOneName, {{Patronymic}}s: OnlyOneName: While IAmXSonOfY and IHaveManyNames are more common, some (usually minor) characters are known only by a single name, or only by their parentage.
* OurElvesAreBetter: OurElvesAreBetter:
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Very much not, [[TheThemeParkVersion even if many people mistakenly think so]]. Yes, Elves are in many ways more powerful, "magical" and skilled than mortals (they had better be, as they have long enough to practice), and they are less susceptible to corruption, but corrupted they can be. They are quite capable of stupidity, chauvinism, and screwing up monumentally - possibly ''more'' than humans in fact, as greater power can have bigger results. In addition, humans were created to be ImmuneToFate, with the ultimate destiny of ourselves and the world left undetermined.



* ProphecyTwist[=/=]NoManOfWomanBorn: No man can kill the Lord of the Ringwraiths? Good thing men aren't the only ones with swords, then.

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* ProphecyTwist[=/=]NoManOfWomanBorn: ProphecyTwist: No man can kill the Lord of the Ringwraiths? Good thing men aren't the only ones with swords, then.



* TakeThat

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* TragicHero: Several in Middle-Earth, such as Túrin Turambar.

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%% * TragicHero: Several in Middle-Earth, such as Túrin Turambar.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen

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* WhatCouldHaveBeenWhatCouldHaveBeen:
15th Nov '15 4:24:53 PM CaptEquinox
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** The Rohirrim have aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture, and have been compared to Vikings that rode horses rather than ships. Their Eotheod ancestors are based on the then-perception of Goths as a people of Germanic horse-warriors. The Rohirrim military is still this while their language has developed into the later Germanic language of Anglo-Saxon. The fact they had been a people of warrior-peasants whose entire culture ran around the horse and who lived on ''plains'' (as opposed to the hilly landscape of the British Isles) also makes them comparable 16th-19th century Russian {{Cossacks}}.

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** The Rohirrim have aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture, and have been compared to Vikings that rode horses rather than ships. Their Eotheod ancestors are based on the then-perception of Goths as a people of Germanic horse-warriors. The Rohirrim military is still this while their language has developed into the later Germanic language of Anglo-Saxon. The fact they had been a people of warrior-peasants whose entire culture ran around the horse and who lived on ''plains'' (as opposed to the hilly landscape of the British Isles) also makes them comparable 16th-19th century Russian {{Cossacks}}.{{Cossacks}}, and to the Mongol and Plains Indian peoples.
21st Oct '15 1:42:13 PM Anarquistador
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** Arnor in its decline also invokes the Carolingian Empire. Its final fate, being divided into three squabbling lesser kingdoms, mirrors what happened to Charlemagne's empire after his death.
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