The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings

The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings

by Peter Kreeft


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ISBN-13: 9781586170257
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 10/30/2005
Pages: 237
Sales rank: 172,495
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most respected Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

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The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days ago
The reason I give for this is that Frodo can relate to people and put himself in others' shoes better than Sam. He altruistically volunteered to take the Ring at the Council of Elrond because he knew how much it hurt him and couldn't bear to think of others suffering that same pain. He pitied Gollum because he knew that Gollum had been through the same thing he was going through, for hundreds of years! He made himself the Enemy's target because he believed that his friends were more important than himself. At least he was rewarded in the end and was allowed to go to Valinor! Yes, Sam was very good at protecting Frodo, but he didn't see himself sparing Gollum or carrying the Ring. Frodo was more compassionate than Sam and less focused on justice. Even though Frodo couldn't protect himself all that well and didn't have a very strong will, he still was the kinder and more gentle and compassionate. So, do you still like Sam better (if you liked him better before)? Reply to #Frodo-is-awesome to tell me what you think!
Jthierer on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I think this was a good premise that ultimately failed in the execution. I didn't mind the focus on Christian philosophy (its from a religious publisher) but I do object to the frequently dismissive and insulting tone the author took toward those who disagree with his philosophy. In addition to the off-putting lack of open-mindedness I feel the author bit off way more than he could chew. He attempted to cover 50 philosophical questions in 225 pages. Basically this left him enough time to briefly explain the question, provide one quote each from Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, then move on. I would have preferred a much deeper exploration of perhaps five or ten questions rather than the shotgun approach the author took.
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Charlie_Schmidt More than 1 year ago
Peter Kreeft is an excellent Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, and he has written a delightful, clear and insightful look at the philosophy behind THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Kreeft knows both philosophy and THE LORD OF THE RINGS well, and this gem of a book takes the reader on an adventure into the philosophy behind a great novel. Among the areas covered are Metaphysics (Is the supernatural real?), Anthropology (Is death good or bad?), Epistemology (Is faith wisdom or ignorance?), Political Philosophy (Can war be noble?) and Ethics (Is evil real? What is the power of friendship?) among other areas. Kreeft points out the key underlying theme of Providence which runs throughout the Lord of the Rings - that the ring was meant to be found by Frodo, and that he was meant to destroy it. This is an outstanding book. The reader will learn a lot about philosophy and about THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and I give it my highest recommendation.
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