Tolkien: Man and Myth / Edition 1by Joseph Pearce
Pub. Date: 12/28/2001
Publisher: Ignatius Press
J.R.R. Tolkien'sThe Lord of the Ringstook first place in a nationwide British poll to find the greatest book of the century! He may be the most 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/em>
J.R.R. Tolkien'sThe Lord of the Ringstook first place in a nationwide British poll to find the greatest book of the century! He may be the most 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.
Tolkien: Man and Mythobserves the relationships that the master writer had with his closest literary colleagues. It reveals his unique relationship with C.S. Lewis, the writer of the Narnia books, and the roots of their estrangement. In this original book about a leading literary life, Joseph Pearce enters the world created by Tolkien in the seven books published during his lifetime. He explores the significance of Middle Earth and what it represented in Tolkien's thinking. Myth, to him, was not a leap from reality but a leap into reality.
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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.