College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in English (MA)
Branson L Woodard
J R R Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Postmodern Fantasy Literature, Premodern Fantasy Literature, Tolkien Worldview, Tom Bombadil
English Language and Literature | Literature in English, Anglophone outside British Isles and North America | Literature in English, British Isles | Literature in English, North America
Rogers, Greta, "Iarwain Ben-adar on the Road to Faerie: Tom Bombadil's Recovery of Premodern Fantasy Values" (2018). Masters Theses. 489.
This thesis project discusses J. R. R. Tolkien's character Tom Bombadil as an agent of recovery of premodern fantasy values. Several premodern fantasy works espouse a sense of harmony with the world as God’s created order, a value that is missing from some postmodern fantasy works. Tolkien’s Tom Bombadil is examined as a means to recover that acceptance of the created order.