The article explores Tolkien's process of deconstructing two medieval beast fable narratives in his creation of Tevildo, Prince of Cats, whereby he strategically aligns the feline with malevolence. It further posits that the magic of the One Ring is presented preliminarily in The Tale of Tinúviel in two forms: Tevildo's golden collar and the enchantment he uses to control other cats. Tevildo is thus endowed with tokens of villainy reminiscent of Sauron's: however, the cat fails at projecting fear due to the underlying moralistic element of the story and the fragmentation of the magic his power relies upon.



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