Interpretations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Moria: A Competent Reader or Overinterpretation?

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Abstract

In this article I explore interpretations of Moria, including my own with help of the Model of the Cooperative Reader developed by Umberto Eco (1932-2016). Moria is interpreted as a reference to the Biblical Moria in the Abraham cycle, it is interpreted in light of the Latin verb morior (to die), and the Greek word μωρία (folly). These interpretative moves are scrutinized in view of Eco's model of the cooperative reader. It shows how the reader's competence (encyclopaedia) influence interpretations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-234
JournalLembas
Volume38
Issue number187
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Keywords

  • interpretation
  • moria
  • Umberto Eco
  • competence of the reader

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