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|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|
|Index of Characters and Places in Tolkien's Middle Earth||241|
Posted March 23, 2003
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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