J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion

J R R Tolkien Myth Morality and Religion 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

  • Title: J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion
  • Author: Richard L. Purtill Joseph Pearce
  • ISBN: 9780898709483
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 unliHere 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 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.

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    About "Richard L. Purtill Joseph Pearce"

    1. Richard L. Purtill Joseph Pearce

      Richard Purtill is the Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, as well as an author of fantasy and science fiction, critical non fiction on the same genres, and various works on religion and philosophy He is best known for his novels of the Kaphtu universe He has written as both Richard Purtill and Richard L Purtill, a variant form of his name He is active in professional writing circles, being a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.

    106 thoughts on “J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion”

    1. To properly understand faerie, Tolkien's legendarium and "the simple things" one must read this book. Richard Purtill has done a favor to all fans of Faerie and Tolkien.


    2. This is a generally insightful commentary on Tolkien's work. A couple of the chapters present material that will be fairly obvious to anyone who has spent considerable time immersing themselves in Tolkein's "subcreation"– the chapter "Hobbits and Heroism" in particular takes up considerable page space simply summarizing events from "The Hobbit" and "LOTR". However, there is much in Purtill's book that will pique the interest of even well-informed Tolkien readers. I found the discussion of magi [...]


    3. Purtil truly speaks as one fan to another of the fulfilling goodness inherent in Tolkien's work, while offering a necessary comparison and response to the critics. Recommend for any die hard Tolkien fan.


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