Deconstructing the Idea of Marriage in the Tolkien Universe

A Scott In The Dark

In the world of Middle Earth, there are many gifts. Elvish swords, rings of power, golden belts. However, J.R.R. Tolkien shows there is one gift that you cannot wear or slip onto your finger, the gift of marriage. In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien illustrates many different kinds of relationships with some being fruitful and overwhelmingly good, while others being quite the contrary. The former, however, usually tend to exist when the character in the relationship has proved that he or she is worthy of such a perfect union. The latter have a tendency to end very poorly and disgrace those involved. Nevertheless, Tolkien shows that if one completes their inner quest, they are rewarded with another adventure, that of a healthy, wholesome union with another. Whether it’s Samwise Gamgee’s task to protect his master and bearer of the ring, Frodo, or Aragorn’s duty to fulfill his destiny as…

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