How architecture expresses character traits in Middle Earth: Analysing the Great Dwarven Cities of Moria & Erebor

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Based on analyses of Peter Jackson’s movies and J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, architecture plays a prevalent role within J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) as a form of communication for various races. Architectural expression drives forward the narrative of each race, with some groups being synonymous with a particular style of architecture as part of their identity. An investigation into the expression of character traits through architecture provides a greater understanding of the narrative behind different groups. Such an investigation aids in representation of specific groups beyond limited coverage in movies, books and other media. The investigation was undertaken through a historical lens with further supporting analyses adopted from designer material, as well as additional support through an architectural graphic analysis. This paper argues that numerous interpretations can be understood through architectural elements, offering further reinforcement to existing narrative implications in addition to developing new understandings about characters with limited representation. Furthermore, new historical links were found between characters and particular periods that were otherwise not recognised in detail.

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Architecture, Dwarves, Moria, Erebor, Dwarven Cities, Tolkien, Middle Earth, Secretive, Expresses

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Afzal, N. R., (2023) “How architecture expresses character traits in Middle Earth: Analysing the Great Dwarven Cities of Moria & Erebor”, Fields: journal of Huddersfield student research 9(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/fields.1288

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Nadim Rana Afzal (University of Huddersfield)

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