The Lord of the Rings – a mythos applicable in unsustainable times

Abstract :::

This article explores the relevance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to
environmental education and contemporary concerns about social and
environmental injustices. It presents an account of the relationship between
Tolkien’s environmental biography and those aspects of the story that highlight the
connection between his personal experiential informal environmental education
learning journey in the real world and his imaginative ‘sub-creation’. The Lord of
the Rings is also considered a work of ‘fantasy’ or ‘speculative fiction’ that holds
the potential to re-enchant the world by engaging the mythopoetic imagination,
through a focus on its treatment of place, character and environmental ethics. In
particular, it is argued that the story implicitly promotes, and is grounded in, a
‘Creation-centred’ ethic of stewardship. The article concludes with a discussion of
pedagogical considerations on the continuing importance of the story as an
inspirational work of literature, and its potential and limits as a source of inspiration
for those engaged in challenging social and environmental injustices.
Keywords: ecocriticism; Tolkien; The Lord of the Rings; fantasy literature;
mythopoetic imagination; creation spirituality; place-based education;
environmental education

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