Spotlighting Tolkien Resources

Spotlighting Tolkien Resources

Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth, by Lisa Coutras Reflections by Dan Cruver and John PletcherDuring summertime 2020, we are spotlighting several of exceptional Tolkien resources that are favorites of the Eucatastrophe team. This month, we are featuring the work of Lisa Coutras. She holds a PhD in theology from King’s College,…

Call for entries – July 2020

Call for entries – July 2020

July’s theme is: Appreciating Beauty & Wonder In anticipation of our July content, the essay question is: In your estimation, what scene, dialog between characters, or some other special event in Tolkien’s Legendarium impresses you as most wonderfully beautiful? What happened? How does this happening in Middle-earth inspire you toward appreciation of beauty and wonder…

Discover Hope in Tolkien’s Tales

Discover Hope in Tolkien’s Tales

Every direction we look, people are hungry for hope. I know numerous friends and family—as do you—whose lives have been turned upside down by the Covid-19 crisis. Our planet’s pandemic has triggered an avalanche of further dreadful outcomes. Collapsing economies. Loneliness. Relapse into destructive addictions. Spikes in depression and suicide. Increase in child abuse. Perhaps…

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 2

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 2

Part 2 – An interview with Dan Cruver and John Pletcher With this two-part, interview-style article, authors Dan Cruver and John Pletcher dialog regarding J.R.R. Tolkien’s unique use of the music and the water. In Part 1 they discussed a few of their favorite scenes where Tolkien includes the great trifecta of water, music, and…

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 2

Listening to the Water and the Music – Part 1

Part 1 – An interview with Dan Cruver and John Pletcher With this two-part, interview-style article, authors Dan Cruver and John Pletcher dialog regarding J.R.R. Tolkien’s unique use of the music and the water. Enjoy their banter and insights!1. What are some favorite scenes where water and waterfalls show up in Tolkien’s legendarium? Dan: First,…