Jungian Archetype Checklist for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Literature / Literature & Art

Jungian Archetype Checklist for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings


In his masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien created what he called a “new mythos”. There is undoubtedly much in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that invites us seeing it through the Jungian framework.  However, on a closer look, comparatively few archetypes are present, and the main protagonist’s (Frodo’s) individuation arguably fails. A Jungian view must … Continue reading

C. G. Jung’s Red Book in a hurry – Narrative
C.G.Jung / Dreams / Eastern / Gnostic / Mystics / Other Gods

C. G. Jung’s Red Book in a hurry – Narrative


Prelude The «Red Book» created between 1914 and 1930 can be described as a visual diary of dreams.  Jung  described this book – its language and emotions seem at times almost embarrassing – as important testimonies of his psychological and spiritual development. The psychoanalyst referred to his unfinished work as a !necessary but annoying ‘aesthetic … Continue reading

Queen, Mother, Wise Woman and Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Feminine
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Gnostic / History / Philosophy / Religion / West

Queen, Mother, Wise Woman and Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Feminine


This article complements the concepts explored in my article “Archetypes of the Mature Masculine” and applies them to the other half of humanity—women. In doing so I apply the same principles, not in a mechanistic way, but in the spirit of Jung’s archetypes and their rationale. Lets start with a few words of C. G. Jung himself where he talks about the Anima.
Thomas Moore and Douglas Gillette adopted and extended Jung’s approach in their exploration of the masculine psyche by using the collective archetypes of the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover. Obviously those four male archetypes can be translated and mapped in female clusters of virtues, specific attributes associated with four major female archetypes: the Queen, the Mother, the Wise Woman and the (female) Lover found in history and myths. This has been done before. Continue reading

Wagner Ring Cycle – so called Kupfer Version at Bayreuth (German).
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Wagner Ring Cycle – so called Kupfer Version at Bayreuth (German).


Besser kann große Kunst zuhause nicht erfahren werden., Amazon Review 23. Juli 2012 Ich maße mir nicht an ein Kunst- oder gar Wagnerkritiker zu sein. Es geht um 7 hochwertige DVDs und ob diese Bayreuth und Wagner korrekt abbilden. Die Antwort ist, ja unbedingt. Die Neuauflage der Produktion bietet Breitwandformat und Surroundklang, so dass die … Continue reading

Richard Wagner from Scene to Scene utilizing C.G. Jung
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Literature & Art / Music

Richard Wagner from Scene to Scene utilizing C.G. Jung


“Wagner’s Ring and Its Symbols” originally published 1984.  (English and German article). Applied in my article C.G Jung and Wagner – Rainy Götterdämmerung in Munich. I wanted to learn more about Wagner and bought therfore recently a used copy of the English musicologist Robert Donington. He provides an allegorical interpretation of the Wagners Ring Cycle according to the … Continue reading