Desire, in the form of the yearning and compelling urge to create, is the topic of this speculative but compelling reading of Tolkien’s recurring “Atlantis-complex” dream, his “exorcising” of it through its use as a recurring theme in his writing, and the underlying tangle of hubris, loss, and father/son issues that might well be the source of this vision. Events in Tolkien’s personal life are aligned with events in his creative life.
"From the Ineluctable Wave to the Realization of Imagined Wonder: Tolkien's Transformation of Psychic Pain into Art,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 35
, Article 9.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol35/iss2/9
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