Why Tell Stories?

Tolkien, Lord of the Rings and Therapeutic Worlds

Rais Tuluka


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Storytelling has been a fundamental part of human civilization for thousands of years, allowing us to share experiences, convey emotions, pass down knowledge, and connect with one another on a deep level. It has the power to captivate, inspire, educate, and entertain, making it a timeless and valuable art form. From ancient myths and folktales to contemporary novels and films, storytelling continues to shape our understanding of the world and our place in it.

J.R.R. Tolkien, for example, wrote “The Lord of the Rings” for a variety of reasons. He was driven by his personal experiences, interests, and creative vision. Tolkien had a deep appreciation for mythology, folklore, and ancient languages. His scholarly background and passion for constructing languages, such as Elvish, inspired him to create a richly detailed world with its own history, legends, and diverse cultures. He also served in World War I and witnessed the horrors of war firsthand. His experiences influenced his writing, and “The Lord of the Rings” can be seen as a reflection of the themes of heroism, sacrifice, and the destructive nature of power that he encountered during the war.

“The Lord of the Rings” was the culmination of Tolkien’s diverse interests, his desire to create a comprehensive mythology, and his passion for storytelling. The resulting work has become a beloved classic, captivating readers with its intricate world-building, compelling characters, and timeless themes.

The One Ring, also called the Ruling Ring and Isildur’s Bane, is a central plot element in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It first appeared in the earlier story The Hobbit as a magic ring that grants the wearer invisibility

Writing fiction can provide a means for authors to explore their own emotions, experiences, and personal struggles in a creative and symbolic way. By translating their emotions into the lives of fictional characters, authors can gain distance from their personal experiences while still processing and giving voice to their emotions.

The act of creating and shaping fictional worlds and narratives can provide a cathartic release for authors. They may find a sense of relief and emotional release as they pour their thoughts, fears, hopes, and conflicts into their stories. This release can contribute to a…