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The Power of the Ring

The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit

Author(s): Stratford Caldecott

ISBN13: 9780824549831

ISBN10: 082454983X

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company (4 Dec 2012)

Extent: 256 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 20.6 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm

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  • 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

    Myths transformed

    The film of the Rings

  • Stratford Caldecott

    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.

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