J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth

J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth

Understanding Middle Earth

Book - 2003
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Explores the twentieth-century Christian humanist's views on creation as seen in his construction of Middle Earth.

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Having lost and regained his own Christian faith between his first (childhood) and second (post-college) reading of Lord of the Rings , Birzer (history, Hillsdale College) found Tolkien to belong to a body of 20th-century Christian humanist and antimodernist writers and thinkers. He explains faerie, or Middle Earth, as a sacramental and liturgical understanding of creation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: [Wilmington, DE] : ISI Books, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781882926848
Branch Call Number: 823.91 BIR
Characteristics: xvii, 219 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Understanding Middle Earth


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Aug 21, 2010

Birzer rightly notes that Tolkien envisaged The Lord of the Rings as at root Christian and Roman Catholic, but you won't "understand Middle-earth" any better after reading this book, I am sorry to say.

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