Describes five “laws” underlying Tolkien’s Middle-earth and how the action of The Lord of the Rings proceeds logically from them: the cosmos is ultimately providential; the result of an action is influenced by its intent; moral and magical laws are as important as physical laws; states of mind influence physical reality; and experience is the realization of proverbial truth or romantic convention.
"The Structure and Aesthetic of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings,"
Mythcon Proceedings: Vol. 1:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythpro/vol1/iss2/2