LOTR: How The Elements Of Middle Earth Were Brought Into Being

There are many different creation myths around the world, in different religions, cultures and ancient civilizations. Nearly every world culture has a story of how an omniscient being or beings, the creator or creators of all life, brought the universe into being. Although incredibly varied, and personal to each people that puts their faith in them, lots of the legends about how the world came to be have certain components in common. Most include an all-powerful being who first envisions the world with pure intentions, an antagonist who seeks to somehow corrupt or destroy the unity of this vision, and some physical elements that are used to bring the world into reality. When creating fictional worlds and devising creation myths for these worlds, authors often employ a similar structure — and Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings universe is no exception.