Tolkien: Man and Myth

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He may be the must popular writer of our age, but Tolkien is often misunderstood. This major new study of his life, his character and his work reveals the facts and confronts the myths. It explores the background to the man and the culture in which he wrote.
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Overview

He may be the must popular writer of our age, but Tolkien is often misunderstood. This major new study of his life, his character and his work reveals the facts and confronts the myths. It explores the background to the man and the culture in which he wrote.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898708257
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 703,260
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 A Misunderstood Man: Tolkien and the Modern World 1
2 Cradle Convert to the Grave: The Child behind the Myth 11
3 Father Francis to Father Christmas: The Father behind the Myth 26
4 True Myth: Tolkien and the Conversion of C.S. Lewis 45
5 A Ring of Fellowship: Tolkien, Lewis and the Inklings 61
6 The Creation of Middle Earth: The Myth behind the Man 83
7 Orthodoxy in Middle Earth: The Truth behind the Myth 100
8 The Well and the Shallows: Tolkien and the Critics 126
9 Tolkien as Hobbit: The Englishman behind the Myth 153
10 Approaching Mount Doom: Tolkien's Final Years 182
Epilogue: Above all Shadows Rides the Sun 209
Notes 213
Bibliography 230
Index 233
Index of Characters and Places in Tolkien's Middle Earth 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    An amen

    This has been written to endorse Mr. Applegate's review, which is an accurate and fair appreciation of Mr. Pearce's analysis and presentation of Christianity's influence on Professor Tolkien's mythology. He has, however, carefully avoided mention of what was in fact at the heart of Tolkien's story-telling and is at the heart of his dismissal by some Christian groups, viz., his (Roman)Catholicism. That is also part of Mr. Pearce's presentation, here and in his 'Tolkien: A Celebration' and made even clearer in Birzer's 'Sanctifying Myth.' While commending these critics for clarifying a profound and significant influence on the creation of Middle Earth, we ought not blur its presence, as do those willing to see other influences on these tales, e.g., Teutonic and Celtic myths, but not that of the Christian vision.

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