Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Jeffrey Funderburk


The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved stories of all time; it has been distributed around the world and translated into over fifty languages. The story that Tolkien created was, essentially, how a small group of people can change the course of history through bravery, loyalty, and friendship. It is a story that has touched many hearts over the years. This series of books also has one of the more developed fictional worlds in literature. There are a variety of cultures, which include elves, men, and dwarves. Tolkien not only gave each culture unique characteristics, he also invented six different languages for his peoples to speak. In the backs of many of Tolkien's books are guides to names and pronunciations as well as maps and family trees of the most important characters. This complexity has made it an extremely daunting task for anyone to consider placing the story in a different medium.

Year of Submission



School of Music

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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