The Black Speech: The Lord of the Rings as a Modern Linguistic Critique

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Vol: 34, Issue: 2

Publication Year:
2016
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Repository URL:
https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol34/iss2/10
Author(s):
Jarman, Cody
Tags:
Arts and Humanities; Children's and Young Adult Literature; English Language and Literature; Tolkien, J.R.R.—Use of rhetoric; Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings; Barfield, Owen. Poetic Diction—Influence on Tolkien; Rhetoric
article description
Uses the theories of Owen Barfield to analyze the language and rhetoric used in the service of evil in The Lord of the Rings as a critique of modernity and the divorce of true meaning from speech. Ted Sandyman, Saruman, and the Mouth of Sauron are used as particular examples.