Tolkien’s Philosophy of Creativity

How a dark lord demonstrates the first and foremost rule of art

Sauron may be the biggest and baddest villain in Middle Earth during the events of The Lord of the Rings, but as any self-respecting nerd knows, Sauron was once only lieutenant to the greatest evil in Tolkien’s legendarium; Morgoth; most powerful of any immortal angel; the sole source of all darkness in the universe.

That caliber of importance makes it natural for one to wonder, though — what is it that really even makes Morgoth and his…



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J. W. Barlament

History, politics, religion and the rest. Told with nerve and without reserve.