MYTH, FOLKLORE AND THE JOURNEY MOTIF IN JOHN TOLKIEN’S THE HOBBIT AND NNEDI OKORAFOR’S ZARAH THE WINDSEEKER

MYTH, FOLKLORE AND THE JOURNEY MOTIF IN JOHN TOLKIEN’S THE HOBBIT AND NNEDI OKORAFOR’S ZARAH THE WINDSEEKER

Authors

  • Mary Bosede Aiyetoro Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Myth,, Folktale,, Journey motif,, Fantasy,, Science fiction

Abstract

Several African and European writers have for several years, largely explored various aspects
of myth, folktale, and the journey motif in their creative works as means of portraying
the history, culture, belief systems and traditions of their people. Existing studies have
also focused largely on the representations of myth, folktale, and the journey motif in The
Hobbit by John Tolkien and Nnedi Okorafor’s Zarah the Windseeker respectively. However,
there have been few attempts at a comparative study between these two novels from
different regions of the world. Thus, this research is a comprehensive and comparative
approach to myth, folktale and the journey motif in these two novels. Myth and Folklore
serve as the theoretical framework for this study. Two novels are selected from two creative
writers: a European and an African writer, a male and female, from different geographical
regions based on their thematic relevance and a similar approach to this discourse. The
novel selected from the European region is The Hobbit by John Ronald Tolkien while
Zarah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor represents the African region. Critical analysis
of the novels reveal several similar elements of myth and folktale inherent in them as well
as reveals the historical, cultural and sociological backgrounds and influences of these
elements. The journey motif is also largely explored in this research as a significant element
essential for the transformation and growth of certain characters in the novels. Myth and
folktale serve as a veritable means of understanding the culture, values and beliefs of the
people. Hence, these novels serve as a relatable medium for portraying the depth and
beliefs of these societies at certain historical periods.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Mary Bosede Aiyetoro. (2022). MYTH, FOLKLORE AND THE JOURNEY MOTIF IN JOHN TOLKIEN’S THE HOBBIT AND NNEDI OKORAFOR’S ZARAH THE WINDSEEKER. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 145–160. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/26
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