Thursday 4 May 2017

Tolkien and the universal dream world

Sleep experience, especially dreaming, lies near the heart of JRR Tolkien's unfinished novel The Notion Club Papers (written 1945-6). One aspect of this is that there are multiple references to the idea that the dream world is a realm of experience which is universal - in other words, dreaming is a single, vast domain - with distinctive qualities, different from the waking state - that is potentially accessible by all people.
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