Acclaimed as the one of the greatest spiritual writers of our time, Tolkien, a devout Catholic, produced masterpieces (further popularized by the magnificent films of Peter Jackson) that forever changed the genre of fantasy literature.
In this illuminating reflection on Tolkien’s profound vision, Caldecott examines the influence of Catholicism and considers Tolkiens craft in terms of thinkers like C.S. Lewis, Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, Owen Barfield, Joseph Chilton Pearce, and G.K. Chesterton.
Caldecott also points to Nordic, Greek, and Roman mythology as well as Plato, Blake, and Goethe to shed light on the moral and spiritual ethos that pervades the Tolkien canon. Caldecott’s book contextualizes and enriches our understanding of the beloved storyteller who continues to enchant readers and audiences today.
Table of Contents:
The tree of tales
A very great story
A hidden presence : Tolkiens Catholicism
Let these things be
Behind the stars
Conclusion : Tolkiens achievement
An archetypal journey : Tolkien and Jung
Tolkiens social philosophy
The shadow of King Arthur
The film of the Rings
Stratford Caldecott (MA, University of Oxford) serves as the editor of Second Spring, a Catholic publication devoted to theological reflection and cultural analysis. A member of the editorial board of Communio, he is well-known for his books on the sacraments, on the liturgical movement, and on the writer J. R. R. Tolkien. Caldecott directs the Centre for Faith and Culture in Oxford for the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and is an editor of the college press. He lives in Oxford, England, with his wife, writer Leonie Caldecott.