Cardinal Vices of Middle-earth

Martina Juričková

Cardinal Vices in Middle-Earth analyses Tolkien’s approach to the depiction of vices and virtues in three Middle-earth works, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

While providing a general synthetizing overview of up-to-date research in the topic, its uniqueness consists in the fact that it goes beyond what has yet been written in the field by attempting to present a complex comparative analysis of the role of chosen vices and virtues in the three works, focusing on the seven cardinal vices and their opposing virtues as recognized by the Catholic Church. These were chosen due to the fact that Tolkien was a devout Catholic who implemented many aspects of his faith into his writing, so it is presumed that his faith influenced also his depiction of vices and virtues.

Slated for publication in September 2023.

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