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…

Tolkien Time Travel – Encounter Silmarillion Wonder

August 2018 Bundle Tolkien Time Travel Encounter Silmarillion Wonder   by John Pletcher Ever dreamed of being able to time travel? Perhaps you think such a phenomenon is impossible. I have good news! J.R.R. Tolkien would love to help fulfill your dream. Amidst readers’ fantastic enthusiasm for Tolkien’s writing, there is an oh-so-sad tragedy. And…

Wandering in Wonder

Wandering in Wonder Present-earth Enjoyment from Middle-earth Beauty People love Tolkien because his writing elicits wonder. We love Middle-earth, in large part, because we long to enjoy its wonders in our daily Present-earth experience. Consider Peter Kreeft’s perspective on the wonder-eliciting power of Tolkien’sThe Silmarillion: “The Silmarillion is a Great Book. I deduce this from…

Interview with the Late Dr. Michael N. Stanton, Tolkien Scholar

Interview The Late Dr. Michael N. Stanton, Tolkien Scholar Here’s a little biographical information about Dr. Stanton: EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: He received a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont in 1968 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1971. His dissertation was on the English poet Robert…

“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…