Masters Thesis

Tolkien: monsters, Midgard, and medieval origins

This study explores the concept of mythic monstrosity and how John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien) used it within his own literature. It analyzes the concept of evil in literary creatures by looking at the traits that they exhibit in medieval literature, in their modem variants, and the meanings of the words used to describe them. Monstrous mythic creatures examined include dragons, light and dark alfar, shape-shifters and humans. Tolkien's use of monsters, relative to his experiences during the World Wars, is also examined