James Morgan

Document Type

Final Class Paper

Publication Date

Spring 5-25-2021


Tolkien, Influences for the themes, Lord of the Rings, Impact on Role-Playing Games


History can be a necessity, or necessary evil for some people when we want to comprehend real-time issues or trends. Gaming is a trend that applies to this since we often seem to be drawn in by the excitement of the graphics, music, and storylines, yet it seems like people seldomly try to uncover their origins. At the same time, though, a game’s historic foundation is essential to understand since it can help us gain a greater appreciation for these experiences. Role play games are an exceptional example of this since many renowned ones have external influences. J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” series is notable since it adopted themes, such as journey, fantasy, and the struggle between good and evil, all which had a historical context and became foundational- for the books and these games.