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  • Titill er á ensku Of Wit, Wisdom and Wizardry: Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files
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    Wizards and magic have throughout history played a significant role within literature. While it is obvious that wizards can produce fantastic feats of power, their primary function is not always to conjure magic. The defining characteristic of wizards is displayed through the use of intellectual gifts in order to achieve their goals. This thesis investigates such differences of intellect found between two wizards of modern literature, Gandalf from Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings and Harry Dresden from Butcher‘s The Dresden Files.
    Using information found in Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales as well as relevant passages from Butcher’s novels, this thesis provides explanations regarding the two wizards’ respective origin in order to establish how they came by their magical abilities, and moreover, investigates whether or not they can be considered fully, or at all, human.
    It further explores the respective worlds in which the two wizards reside and will show that there is a significant difference in how morality is presented within their storylines. It posits that Middle-earth does not portray the prevalent moral ambiguity that is present within the Dresdenverse.
    Finally, it addresses a popular culture trope known as “manpain” and establishes its relevance to the two wizards, using the pertinent characteristics of each wizard in order to analyze whether or not the characters can be said to be manpained.

  • 12.1.2015

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