Seeking the Lord of Middle Earth

Theological Essays on J. R. R. Tolkien

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Jeffrey L. Morrow
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , June
     2017.
     188 pages.
     $24.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781532600043.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Brent S. Gordon forthcoming.

Description

J. R. R. Tolkien, the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, brings to his work a great treasure--his Christian faith. Tolkien's literary works are so popular in part because, in some sense, they pertain to the real world. This present volume is an attempt to understand better the deep Christian influences on his work but also to explore the relevance of Tolkien's work for theology today. After examining Tolkien's fiction in order better to appreciate Christian influences, this volume takes a closer look at Tolkien's theology of fantasy, his response to the more skeptical origins of religion research, and applies his work to contemporary questions about method in biblical studies. Tolkien's Christianity informed all he wrote. Moreover, his own theology of fantasy holds great promise for contemporary theology.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jeffrey L. Morrow is associate professor of theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University and is a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

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