Tolkien in Perspective
Sifting the Gold from the Glitter: A Look at the Unsettling Power Behind Tolkien’s Mythology
Over the last fifty years, The Lord of the Rings has been lauded as "The Book of the Twentieth Century," and called "required reading in every Christian household." It has been attacked by literary critics and religious leaders. Its detractors are many; its defenders are legion. But there is another option.
"The chief purpose of life, for any one of us," Tolkien said, "is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks."
After fifty years, it s about time to get a real handle on dealing with Tolkien s work in the way Tolkien intended. For many, The Lord of the Rings has proven little more than a distraction from what Tolkien called the "chief purpose of life," while still remaining a terribly neglected means of bringing others to praise and thanks.
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