Argues that despite their differences, Tolkien and Orwell share a similar response to absolute power, as “parallel evolution in the imagination of two humane British fantasists with an interest in the moral implications of politics.” Sees A Wizard of Earthsea as dealing with a similar problem but in psychological terms constrained by the coming-of-age theme.
"The Psychology of Power in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Orwell's 1984 and Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 15
, Article 8.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol15/iss1/8
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