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Light, Logos, Love.

A Review of

Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth
Craig Bernthal

Paperback: Second Spring, 2014.
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Reviewed by Alden Lee Bass

 
 
At an event in San Francisco in 2003, when literary critic Joseph Pearce explained to a gathering of Tolkien fans that the author’s Catholicism was an integral and crucial part of The Lord of the Rings, several members of the audience got up and left. Yet it’s not only casual readers who miss this obvious point – Tolkien scholarship is divided between those who emphasize the pagan elements of his great works and those who see an underlying Christian infrastructure. For those versed in Christian theology, the Christian elements of Tolkien’s epic are unmistakable: from Gandalf’s death and resurrection to Gollum’s failed redemption to Frodo and Sam’s march up Mount Doom to destroy the ring. Tolkien himself said in one of his letters, “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.”

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To make a song is a gift, and once it’s done it keeps evolving and changing and becomes a tool to interact with other people. It’s like a conversation.”
– Ryan Adams, Songwriter
who turns 40 today

 

Poem of the Day:
“The Death of St. Brendan”
By J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Wake Up Call – November 4, 2014

 

Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)


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The Fall of Arthur: An Epic Poem
By J.R.R. Tolkien

 

The Wake Up Call

The Wake Up Call –
3 January 2013

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

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Poem of the day: “The Death of St. Brendan” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien was born on this day in 1892.

 

The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.’  – Lucretia Mott, Quaker and Women’s Rights Advocate, born on this day 1793
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Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

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Tolkien’s Theme:
The Tale Goes Ever On and On

A Review of


A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth

Matthew Dickerson

Paperback: Brazos, 2012.
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Reviewed by Timothy Stege.

 

The Christmas season is always a time of anticipation, and for lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, this holiday season holds yet another reason to countdown the days in December: the release of the ?rst installment of The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson. I haven’t needed a calendar to mark the approach of the release date; several days a week I walk past a bookstore in downtown Chicago on my way to work and watch as the Hobbit-themed merchandise takes up more shelf, table, and window space as the day draws nearer. In addition to various versions of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and other Tolkien works, you can get bobble head Gollums, Bilbo Baggins action ?gures, and plastic light-up Sting swords. There are, of course, multiple books capitalizing on the new ?lm that present themselves as companions or guides to Tolkien’s story and Jackson’s adaptation.

 

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Some interesting bits of book news and conversations collected over the last week:

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“Love of Nature and Love of Language

A review of

The Alpine Tales
By Paul Willis

Review by Joshua Neds-Fox.

Paul Willis - Alpine TalesThe Alpine Tales
Paul Willis.
Paperback: WordFarm, 2010.
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Remember childhood afternoons spent exploring the creek? Surely I can’t have been the only one to lose myself among waist-high ferns in my childhood, pretending to be the hero of a fairyland. One afternoon in particular, spent in the forest with distant cousins in Northern Michigan, comes to my mind unbidden again and again, growing more dreamlike as the years go by. The light, the ferns, the complete faith I had in the fantasy world I was building: how did those natural worlds become supernatural, those long afternoons years ago?

Paul Willis knows the answer. A professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, for over 20 years, he’s written chiefly poetry and essays (his second book of poems, Rosing From The Dead, was reviewed by ERB in June 2010). But the early 90’s saw the publication of the first two of these fantasy novels about three generations of mountaineers in the Pacific Northwest. He’s since made it a quartet, and the four are reissued here together as The Alpine Tales (WordFarm, 2010).

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