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"

By Michael John Halsall

Foreword by Alison Grant Milbank

Creation and Beauty in Tolkien's Catholic Vision

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  • ISBN: 9781532641107
  • Pages: 294
  • Publication Date: 1/2/2020
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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"

By Michael John Halsall

Foreword by Alison Grant Milbank

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  • ISBN: 9781532641107
  • Pages: 294
  • Publication Date: 1/2/2020
  • Retail Price: $35.00
Web Price: $28.00
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This book invites readers into Tolkien’s world through the lens of a variety of philosophers, all of whom owe a rich debt to the Neoplatonic philosophical tradition. It places Tolkien’s mythology against a wider backdrop of Catholic philosophy and asks serious questions about the nature of creation, the nature of God, what it means to be good, and the problem of evil. Halsall sets Tolkien alongside both his contemporaries and ancient authors, revealing his careful use of literary devices inspired by them to craft his own “mythology for England.”

Endorsements & Reviews-

"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

Contributors-

Michael John Halsall
Alison Grant Milbank

Bio(s)-

Michael Halsall is a Catholic priest and teaches Philosophy at Allen Hall, London.

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