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Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature and Theology
by Trevor Hart
This title examines the theological relationship between creation and creativity in the works of J R R Tolkien. It provides a fresh reading of these important themes in Tolkien and highlights the multi-faceted nature of Tolkien's own vivid theology and literary imagination.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Baylor University Press
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Tree of Tales is a collection of papers given at a symposium held to mark the 65th anniversary of Tolkien's Andrew Lang Lecture at the University of St. Andrews, a lecture that was later published as the classic essay "On Fairy Stories." The papers discuss Tolkien's Catholicism and its relationship to the world of Middle Earth; his theory of "sub-creation"; the importance (and impending loss) of the literary foundation, particularly the Bible, that is necessary to understanding so much classic l ...more
As with any essay collection, there are standouts and others that are lacking. This collection is good overall and the standouts for me were without doubt those from Trevor Hart, Loren Wilkinson, and Ralph Wood. These three especially are well worth reading though the others also provide good food for thought.