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     In closing, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is an excellent literary work that combines the moralities and standards of fairy tales with the history and depth of an epic novel. It is escapism at its best and is an excellent series to introduce young readers to the fantasy genre. Tolkien treated women with respect and did not fall into standard fairy tale stereotypes with them.

     The drawback to the book is that there is not a consistant strong female presence throughout the book, thus making this story much less appealing for young women than young men to read. This book makes for an excellent classroom book because it has a strong plot, several layers to the story, clear declarations of "good" and "evil", redemption, consequences and elements of strong characters. Each is fertile material for discussion.

Scott Cummings - 4/99

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