Beyond the fairy tale
The Lord of the Rings, while taking the fairytale polarization into good and bad to its extreme consequences, also presents ambiguities that mirror the ambivalences and conflicts of the modern world.
In this way, alongside the typical fairy-tale characters, other types of characters coexist in the novel, creating an impression of syncretism. We are faced with a mixture of ancient and modern techniques.
Firstly, in The Lord of the Rings we find characters who are actually “masks”. There are also well-defined “types” or fixed characters. These are mixed with real…