Lord of the Elves and Eldils

Author: Richard Purtill
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1681493101
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A fascinating look at the fantasy and philosophy of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. The two men were friends and fellow professors at Oxford, renowned Christian thinkers who both “found it necessary to create for the purposes of their fiction other worlds—not utopias or dystopias, but different worlds.

J R R Tolkien

Author: Richard L. Purtill
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1681492725
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Here is an in-depth look at the role myth, mortality, and religion play in J.R.R. Tolkien's works such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion--including Tolkien's private letters and revealing opinions of his own work. Richard L. Purtill brilliantly argues that Tolkien's extraordinary ability to touch his readers' lives through his storytelling--so unlike much modern literature--accounts for his enormous literary success. This book demonstrates the moral depth in Tolkien's work and cuts through current subjectivism and cynicism about morality. A careful reader will find a subtle religious dimension to Tolkien's work--all the more potent because it is below the surface. Purtill reveals that the author's fantasy stories creatively incorporate profound religious and ethical ideas. For example, Purtill shows us how hobbits reflect both the pettiness of parochial humanity and the unexpected heroism of ordinary people in crisis. Purtill effectively addresses larger issues of the place of myth, the relation of religion and morality to literature, the relation of Tolkien's work to traditional mythology, and the lessons Tolkien's work teaches for our own lives.

Tolkien and C S Lewis

Author: Colin Duriez
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 1587680262
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Reveals the complex friendship between the two literary figures, noting their shared academic experiences at Oxford University, Lewis's influence on Tolkien's completion of The Lord of the Rings, and the differences in their temperaments and spiritual beliefs. Original.

J R R Tolkien s Sanctifying Myth

Author: Bradley J. Birzer
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497648912
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Since the appearance of The Lord of the Rings in 1954, J. R. R. Tolkien’s works have always sold briskly, appealing to a wide and diverse audience of intellectuals, religious believers, fantasy enthusiasts, and science fiction aficionados. Now, Peter Jackson’s film version of Tolkien’s trilogy—with its accompanying Rings-related paraphernalia and publicity—is playing a unique role in the dissemination of Tolkien’s imaginative creation to the masses. Yet, for most readers and viewers, the underlying meaning of Middle-earth has remained obscure. Bradley Birzer has remedied that with this fresh study. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth, Birzer explains the surprisingly specific religious symbolism that permeates Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. He also explores the social and political views that motivated the Oxford don, ultimately situating Tolkien within the Christian humanist tradition represented by Thomas More and T. S. Eliot, Dante and C. S. Lewis. Birzer argues that through the genre of myth Tolkien created a world that is essentially truer than the one we think we see around us every day, a world that transcends the colorless disenchantment of our postmodern age. “A small knowledge of history,” Tolkien once wrote, “depresses one with the sense of the everlasting weight of human iniquity.” As Birzer demonstrates, Tolkien’s recognition of evil became mythologically manifest in the guise of Ringwraiths, Orcs, Sauron, and other dark beings. But Tolkien was ultimately optimistic: even weak, bumbling hobbits and humans, as long as they cling to the Good, can finally prevail. Bradley Birzer has performed a great service in elucidating Tolkien’s powerful moral vision.

Stories about Stories

Author: Brian Attebery
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199379319
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Myth is oral, collective, sacred, and timeless. Fantasy is a modern literary mode and a popular entertainment. Yet the two have always been inextricably intertwined. Stories about Stories examines fantasy as an arena in which different ways of understanding myth compete and new relationships with myth are worked out. The book offers a comprehensive history of the modern fantastic as well as an argument about its nature and importance. Specific chapters cover the origins of fantasy in the Romantic search for localized myths, fantasy versions of the Modernist turn toward the primitive, the post-Tolkienian exploration of world mythologies, post-colonial reactions to the exploitation of indigenous sacred narratives by Western writers, fantasies based in Christian belief alongside fundamentalist attempts to stamp out the form, and the emergence of ever-more sophisticated structures such as metafiction through which to explore mythic constructions of reality.

Hither Shore

Author: Thomas Fornet-Ponse
ISBN: 9783000157868
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Interdisciplinary journal on modern fantasy literature.

A vida de C S Lewis

Author: Alister McGrath
Publisher: Editora Mundo Cristão
ISBN: 8573259612
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Por mais de meio século, C. S. Lewis vem alimentando a imaginação de milhões de pessoas em todo o planeta com seu fantástico mundo de Nárnia. Para celebrar o 50o aniversário de sua morte, o dr. Alister McGrath reconta a vida deste que é considerado um dos maiores escritores do século XX. Em A vida de C. S. Lewis: Do ateísmo às terras de Nárnia, McGrath apresenta um panorama abrangente e fascinante da trajetória de um pensador profundamente original e que se tornou fonte de inspiração para crianças e adultos em todo o mundo. "McGrath oferece um olhar novo, e por vezes chocante, sobre a vida dessa figura complexa, em uma biografia profundamente embasada. O autor nos faz mergulhar no coração de um Lewis que poucos conhecem." - Publishers Weekly "A biografia escrita por McGrath é excelente." - Timothy Keller "Se você busca conhecer este multitalentoso escritor e pensador, a nova biografia escrita por Alister McGrath é um bom ponto de partida." - The Washington Post "Sua análise dos livros de Nárnia é esclarecedora, deixando o leitor maravilhado com a alegria e o deslumbramento que habitam os livros de Nárnia: a visão encantadora de algo belo e eterno." - The Sunday Telegraph "Um texto admirável que mostra como a vida de um escritor é muitas vezes tão interessante quanto sua obra." - The Independent Prepare-se para uma viagem à mente criativa de C. S. Lewis, um dos nomes mais influentes do cristianismo no último século.