Is “The Lord of the Rings” an Allegory?

November 2018 BUndle Is “The Lord of the Rings” an Allegory? by Joseph Pearce Originally published May 2016 The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. — J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Murray, S.J. [1]   As for any inner meaning…

The Best of Tolkien

August 2018 BUndle The Best of Tolkien by Joseph Pearce Originally published January 2017 For some time I’ve had the intention of drawing up a list of what I consider to be the best books on J.R.R. Tolkien. It is, therefore, not a list of the best books by him but the best books about…

“The Hobbit” at Eighty

When Tolkien wrote these words, which would become one of the most famous and most memorable opening sentences in all of literature, he could not have known what literary power would be unleashed by his creation of the diminutive hole-dwelling creature, Bilbo Baggins. This year, as we celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the publication of The…

Hear Tolkien Scholar Joseph Pearce at Celebrate Tolkien

Along with 10 other presenters, England-born Tolkien scholar Joseph Pearce is presenting at the first annual Celebrate Tolkien Conference in Greenville, SC on November 9-10 at The Old Cigar Warehouse.

Joseph is a writer and the director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College. Previously, he had comparable positions at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Ave Maria College, and at Ave Maria University in Florida.

He’s the author of…