Creation and Beauty in Tolkien’s Catholic Vision
A Study in the Influence of Neoplatonism in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Philosophy of Life as “Being and Gift”
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This is a rich engagement at all levels with Tolkien, full of suggestive comparisons with the tradition of the music of the spheres and with the modernist music of his own time. It is deeply scholarly but clear and accessible. And it is both Catholic in relating Tolkien to Catholic theology, including Maritain, and the Thomism of the early twentieth century, but also in its range of reference, which does full justice to Tolkien's intellectual background and his generosity of spirit, which had room for wild-men and oliphants, wereworms and Barliman's best bitter, all with the mark of createdness upon them, gifted to his readers."
--From the Foreword by Alison Milbank, University of Nottingham
"Michael Halsall's Creation and Beauty in Tolkien's Catholic Vison weaves close exegesis with profound theological and philosophical insight. One could live eleventy years, and not find a finer book on Tolkien."
--Stephen Bullivant, St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK