Friends, here are my thoughts on the life and influence of J.R.R. Tolkien, a literary evangelist best known for his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
His many books powerfully carry the Gospel message and continue to subtly evangelize the imaginations of millions of readers today.
However, since his death, many have taken the view that J.R.R. Tolkien was dismissive of modern culture and “backward-looking.”
“Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages” overturns these common misconceptions.
It's a brand-new book by Dr. Holly Ordway, our Cardinal Francis George Fellow of Faith and Culture for the Word on Fire Institute and a Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a Subject Editor for the “Journal of Inklings Studies.”
Drawing on meticulous archival research, Ordway shows how Tolkien’s genius was intimately connected with the literature of his own time and concerned with the issues and crises of the modern world.
I encourage you to pick up this groundbreaking new book, especially if you are interested in J.R.R. Tolkien or “The Lord of the Rings”: wordonfire.org/tolkien