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J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion
J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion Richard L. Purtill 0060667125 9780060667122 Here is an in-depth look at the role myth, mortality, and religion play in J. R. R. Tolkiens works such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillio
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J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion by Richard L. Purtill

Here is an in-depth look at the role myth, mortality, and religion play in J. R. R. Tolkiens works such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion -- including Tolkiens private letters and revealing opinions of his own work. Richard L. Purtill brilliantly argues that Tolkiens 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 Tolkiens work and cuts through current subjectivism and cynicism about morality. A careful reader will find a subtle religious dimension to Tolkiens work -- all the more potent because it is below the surface. Purtill reveals that the authors fantasy stories creatively incorporate profound religious and ethical ideas. For example, Purtill shows us how hobbits reflect both the pettiness of unimaginative 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 Tolkiens work to traditional mythology, modern fantasy and science fiction, and the lessons Tolkiens work teaches that are applicable to our own lives. Book jacket.

Author: Richard L. Purtill

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 154

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publication Date: 1984-11-01

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