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The book demonstrates the moral depth in Tolkien's work and cuts through current subjectivism and cynicism about morality. A careful reader will find a subtle religious dimension to Tolkien's work - all the more potent because it is below the surface.
Purtill reveals that the author's fantasy stories creatively incorporate profound religious and ethical ideas. For example, Purtill shows us how hobbits reflect both the pettiness of unimaginative parochial humanity and the unexpected heroism of ordinary people in crisis.
Purtill effectively addresses larger issues of the place of myth, the relation of religion and morality to literature, the relation of Tolkien's work to traditional mythology, modern fantasy and science fiction, and the lessons Tolkien's work teaches that are applicable to our own lives.
|1||The Dimensions of Myth||1|
|2||Three Faces of Myth||23|
|3||Myth and Story||39|
|4||Hobbits and Heroism||59|
|6||Elves and Others||101|
|7||Tolkien's Creation Myth||119|
|8||Magic and Miracle in Middle-earth||139|
|9||Frodo, Feanor, and Free Will||157|
|10||The Sudden Joyous Turn||175|
Posted December 23, 2009
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