In 1914 World War I broke out, and unlike his peers Tolkien returned to Oxford where he would soon receive a first-class degree in 1915. At this time he also worked on writing poems and creating his own languages, one in particular that he came to called Qenya, which was heavily influenced by Finnish. Soon Tolkien enlisted as a second lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers while he worked on ideas of the journeys of Earendel the Mariner. He returned from the war after suffering “Trench Fever” which is a form of typhus-like infection common in the unsanitary conditions of the trenches. All but o...
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The whole story includes examples of man versus supernatural when Morgoth has a servant named Sauron that was deceived with promise of power. The Valaraukar, the god-killers, fought against the Valar and this caused discord amongst the humans and elves. However this is an inadvertent conflict it is one nonetheless, in which the people must struggle to overcome the chaos. Throughout the book there is non-stop conflict of supernatural versus supernatural, man versus the supernatural, and religious parallels.
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