The Red Book and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: A fantasic uncertainty!

— Vincent Ferré and Pauline Loquin, translator

21 December 2021 | Mallorn, Winter, 2021, 26

The examination of the connection between the two books shines a light on an uncertainty, a weakness in the statement suggested by The Lord of the Rings: indeed, it presents the Red Book as an authentic historical document but only on the surface. In fact, this assertion is questioned simultaneously, and this is something the readers often forget. These observations bring about a reflection, specific to Tolkien, on the role of literature and its limits in regard to truth and fiction.…

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