Paisagens do medo em o senhor dos anéis: reminiscências do gótico

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


The following research represents a topoanalytical perspective based on a interpretative analytical theory method which focuses on studying The Lord of The Rings (O Senhor dos Anéis) by the British author J.R.R. Tolkien, published in three volumes from 1954 to 1955. Therefore, this research uses the single volume translated to Portuguese and the original English version as well. In order to analyzing this literary work, a sequence of chapters was made to showcase in a progressive way how some different kinds of shades come together in this book, coming from The Light to The Darkness – The Light, The Twilight, The Shadow, The Night, The Darkness, and then, eventually returning to The Light with The Dawning. This analytical work is heavily based on academic literary theories to carefully examine the places and spaces of The Lord of The Rings from a perspective that considers The Fear as the main element in the Fantastic Narrative Structure, and in addition, subverting its limits as a genre according to the essentially pure theory created by Todorov, which refers directly to this type of literary production from the 19th Century. As a matter of fact, the Mode Category might be more comprehensive and makes the reader wonder how would be the Marvelous, the Fantasy and the Gothic, according to Remo Ceserani (2006) and David Roas (2014). In accordance with this point of view, it’s easily noticed the way that the Gothic creates the perfect atmosphere where the fear is the ultimate feeling that outstands and amplifies its range regarding the places and the spaces considering the objectification and personification of The Ring of Sauron that affects the characters’ psyche. All of these elements are connected and highlight: the absence of a so-called hero throughout the journey seeking The Ring; the changing of characters influenced by the spaces and places; and the confirmation of this literary work conceived as a well-structured Marvelous text. This research was based on important scholars such as Humphrey Carpenter (2018), Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos (2007), Yi-Fu Tuan (2005, 2012, 2013), Ozíris Borges Filho (2007), Mikhail Bakhtin (2010), Fred Botting (2014). In addition, this research was developed using literary works that helped to understand the process of creating some literary genres such as the Fantastic, the Gothic and the Fantasy, like Horace Walpole (1996), George MacDonald (2012), among others.



Medo, Espaço, Lugar, O senhor dos anéis, Fear, Space, Place, The lord of the rings


MELO, F. A. F. Paisagens do medo em o senhor dos anéis: reminiscências do gótico. 2018. 241 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Estudos da Linguagem) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Catalão, 2018.