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J. R. R. Tolkien by Eric Scott


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J. R. R. Tolkien by Eric Scott

  1. 1. The Influence of War and Industry in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
  2. 2. J. R. R. Tolkien <ul><li>Born 1892 </li></ul><ul><li>Orphaned by the time he was a teenager </li></ul><ul><li>Grew up in England </li></ul>
  3. 3. Nature <ul><li>Tolkien loved the countryside </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciated the beauty of nature </li></ul><ul><li>The English countryside influenced his creation of The Shire </li></ul>
  4. 4. World War I <ul><li>Tolkien fought in the war </li></ul><ul><li>He lost many of his friends </li></ul><ul><li>He realized the evil that war can bring and always remembered it </li></ul>
  5. 5. Industry <ul><li>Made war a bigger machine </li></ul><ul><li>Destroyed natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>Caused a thirst for power </li></ul>
  6. 6. World War II <ul><li>New technologies allow for greater destruction </li></ul><ul><li>Nazis commit genocide </li></ul><ul><li>The atomic bomb is invented </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Lord of the Rings <ul><li>Sauron wants to control Middle-Earth </li></ul><ul><li>Uses war to conquer </li></ul><ul><li>Technology allows for war machines </li></ul>
  8. 8. Saruman <ul><li>Attempts genocide of Rohan </li></ul><ul><li>Uses industry to raise a new more technologically advanced super army </li></ul>
  9. 9. The War of the Ring <ul><li>The human race in danger of being destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>Sauron uses war and industry to fight the battle of the age </li></ul>
  10. 10. The One Ring <ul><li>Ultimate Weapon </li></ul><ul><li>Corrupts any who bear it </li></ul><ul><li>Culmination of the influences of war and industry </li></ul>
  11. 11. Effects of War and Industry <ul><li>Orcs originated from elves that were tortured and militarized </li></ul><ul><li>The Shire was almost destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>Forests were lost and the environment strained </li></ul>
  12. 12. Outcome <ul><li>Forces of evil eventually defeated, though at a high cost </li></ul><ul><li>Nature itself fought back and cleansed the “factories” of Isengard </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tolkien <ul><li>Did not care for technology </li></ul><ul><li>Believed technology would only bring man down </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Presentation by Eric Scott </li></ul><ul><li>Eng 1102 </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Owens </li></ul><ul><li>I do not own any images shown </li></ul><ul><li>Works cited </li></ul>