The Battle for Middle-Earth

By the time I finished this book, I was convinced of Fleming Rutledge’s fundamental claim: that the view of reality conveyed in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings not only is biblical but is an “almost exact replica” of the apocalyptic worldview that informs many New Testament texts.

An Episcopal priest who has written several books on religion and culture, Rutledge acknowledges at the outset that she is “a Tolkien amateur”—someone who loves his work but is not a Tolkien scholar. Yet she writes with insight and sophistication about the cosmic battle portrayed in the Ring saga, demonstrating that Tolkien’s Catholic faith inspired him to tell an essentially but not explicitly Christian story set in a place that is a representation of the pre-Christian era of our own world.

 

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