The gospel according to Tolkien : visions of the kingdom in Middle-Earth / Ralph C. Wood.
By: Wood, Ralph C.Material type: TextPublisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, c2003Edition: 1st ed.Description: xi, 169 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0664226108 (alk. paper); 9780664226107 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973. Lord of the rings | Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973 -- Religion | Christianity and literature -- England -- History -- 20th century | Christian fiction, English -- History and criticism | Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism | Christian ethics in literature | Middle Earth (Imaginary place) | Religion in literatureDDC classification: 823/.912 LOC classification: PR6039.O32 | L6386 2003
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Preface -- Introduction -- Great symphony of the creation -- Calamity of evil : the marring of the divine harmony -- Counter-action to evil : Tolkien's vision of the moral life -- Lasting corrective : Tolkien's vision of the redeemed life -- Consummation : when Middle-earth shall be unmarred.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 166-167).
: In this accessible and engaging book, Ralph Wood shows us that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece is a deeply Christian work because it does not blink back the horrors of our terrible times but confronts them with startling honesty. Readers keep turning to this work because here they are immersed in significance and meaning - perceiving the Hope than can be found amidst despair; the Charity that overcomes vengeance; and the Faith that springs from the strange power of weakness. The Gospel According to Tolkien will be loved by both longtime Tolkien fans and those recently drawn to his books through the popular feature films.