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The three major Themes are the corrupting influence of power, the ultimate struggle between good and evil, and the selfless sacrifice for the greater good.
The minor Themes are those of fate, diversity, responsibility, faithfulness, and obedience.
The mood is imaginative, fantastic, and adventurous. Middle-earth is a new world where rules and norms are vivid and dynamic. There is some awe and some wonder. There is suspense, danger, and restoration. As with any epic, The Lord of the Rings encompasses a gamut of emotional tones and moods. In the end, the reader response is as vivid and changing as the Middle-earth landscape.