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Ekaterina V. Sklizkova

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Ekaterina V. Sklizkova — PhD in Culturology, Associate Professor, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University, Institute of Slavic Culture, Khibinsky pr. 6, 129337 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: katunyas@yandex.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 51


pp. 81–89


September 28, 2018

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March 28, 2019

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Myth is a priori collective worldview paradigm, taken as a model. Some cultural strata, compiled as allusions, based on primary cultural characteristics such as consciousness syncretism, archetype usage, create secondary mythological reality. Fantasy is one of the most productive genres. It is difficult to be distinguished among all the other fictions of this kind. A link between these two notions, myths and fantasy, is obvious. Most of fantasies are composed on the basis of one or amalgam of mythologies, constructed in hierarchy, and syncretism. Tolkien is not the father but a Godfather of fantasy. He did make this genre popular, but was not the pioneer. His stories, being a typical secondary mythological reality, are unique in depth and challenge, though their semantic complexity, close to ancient sagas, is difficult for modern readers to be comprehended. These tales are of linguistic nature, very polysemantic, intended to reconstruct lost authentic Anglo-Saxon mythological system in all its hierarchical complexity.


Anglo-Saxon, archetype, artificial language, fantasy, Middle-Earth, myth, pragmatics, secondary mythological reality, semantics, syncretism.


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