J.R.R. Tolkien and Jordanes. Some resemblances in spiritual outlook

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Miryam Librán Moreno

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An analysis of three instances of the influence exerted by Jordanes on J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium: (a) the notion that cultural and political decay may be caused by being exiled from a formerly paradisiacal situation; (b) the notion that winning a war against Evil may become an unwanted cause of cultural devolution; (c) the construction of a pseudo-history by establishing genetic and cultural links with a mythical, highly evolved people from the legendary past.

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