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The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

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Digging deep into J. R. R. Tolkien’s spiritual biography—his religious scholarship and his love of both Christian and pagan myth—Stratford Caldecott offers a critical study of how the acclaimed author effectively created a vivid Middle Earth using the familiar rites and ceremonies of human history. And while readers and moviegoers alike may appreciate the fantasy world of ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published December 1st 2012)
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Ellen Zacarias
I consider The Power of the Ring a great secondary source to commentary and analysis on Tolkien's works from a strongly Catholic perspective, but the biggest issue I have with this book is the misleading phrase in the title: "The Spiritual Vision." Now, this was probably not the fault of Caldecott but more likely an attempt by the publisher to sell the book to a wider audience.

The word "spiritual" is often tacked onto Christian literature, but the word also applies to other elements (from Buddh
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Matthew Livermore
This book got me back into Tolkien again and started me on a run of purchases on a Tolkien theme. Caldecott is a great writer who really gets to the heart of Tolkien's vision in a similar way to Verlyn Flieger, but I would say more accessibly.
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Stratford Caldecott MA (Oxon.), STD, was a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative, editor of the Humanum Review (online book review journal of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute), and co-editor of Second Spring and the UK/Ireland edition of Magnificat.

He had served as senior editor at Routledge, HarperCollins, T&T Clark, Sophia Institute Press, and as a commissioning editor for
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