Stratford Caldecott - The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit (EPUB, MOBI)

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Digging deep into J. R. R. Tolkien’s spiritual biography—his religious scholarship and his love of both Christian and pagan myth—Stratford Caldecott offers a critical study of how the acclaimed author effectively created a vivid Middle Earth using the familiar rites and ceremonies of human history. And while readers and moviegoers alike may appreciate the fantasy world of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, few know that in life, Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic and that the characters, the events, and the general morality of each novel are informed by the dogmas of his faith. Revised and updated, this acclaimed study of Tolkien’s achievement—previously released as Secret Fire in the UK—includes commentary on Peter Jackson’s film adaptations and explores many of the fascinating stories and letters published after Tolkien’s death.

“If anyone asks me what one book about Tolkien is the most worth reading, The Power of the Ring is my reply.” —Peter Kreeft, Boston College

“A literally wonderful—wonder-full—book. It will open the eyes of any reader who considers The Lord of the Rings just a gripping yarn in a fantasy world. Tolkien’s ‘vision’ (Caldecott makes it clear the word is just right) draws on deep springs of philosophy and mysticism—and, not least, the orthodoxy of the church.” —Aidan Nichols, O.P.

“Stratford Caldecott, who has been delighting discerning readers for years with his sparkling writings on religious and spiritual subjects, has produced a masterful guide to the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Finally the Christian riches of The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and Tolkien’s other masterpieces shine forth for all to enjoy. An indispensable guide to the most popular author of modern times.” —Philip Zaleski, editor, The Best Spiritual Writing series

“This book contains profound insights into the theology and spirituality in Tolkien’s books. Caldecott gives the background of Tolkien’s personality, letters, excerpts from other writings in order to provide a clear picture of what’s at work in the Lord of the Rings. The chapter ‘Behind the Stars’ is among the deepest commentaries on JRRT’s work as a whole. Very fine. Definitely worth owning.” —Peter A. Kwasniewski, Wyoming Catholic College

“Professor Tolkien, the academic philologist, was said to have travelled ‘inside language’. Under Caldecott’s guidance, here we travel inside the language of Tolkien. One sees at last what he was up to. It is a revelatory book.” —Church Times

“Every Catholic school will want a copy as will anyone interested in Tolkien as a serious writer.” —Eric Hester, The Catholic Times

“This book will be welcomed by those interested in the deep theological underpinnings of Tolkien’s works, and is recommended to academic libraries supporting upper level coursework on Tolkien or religion and literature.”—Daniel Boice, Catholic Library World

“Essential reading for those who would like to understand the spiritual background to Lord of the Rings.” —Scientific and Medical Network

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Excellent book! Thank you!