Tolkien's Legendarium: An Answer to the Eternal Question of Why Warfighters Engage in Armed Conflict
Date of Award
This thesis examines how Tolkien drew upon Northern Courage, Ofermod, Comitatus, and Þræll to illustrate armed conflict in his Legendarium. In pursuit of this task, the author portrays how these principles manifest themselves in the Northern European texts Tolkien was most familiar with as a Professor of Anglo-Saxon Literature. Building upon this knowledge base, these principles are applied to contemporary forms of armed conflict, state sanctioned violence, and the contemporary warfighter condition.
Dr. Jonathan Thorndike
Committee Member 1
Dr. Maggie Monteverde
Committee Member 2
Dr. Regine Schwarzmeier
English, Department of
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of
Master of Arts (MA)
Schmid, Joe, "Tolkien's Legendarium: An Answer to the Eternal Question of Why Warfighters Engage in Armed Conflict" (2023). English Theses. 9.