Hidden Presence: The Catholic Imagination in works of J.R.R. Tolkien
- I. Boyd, S. Caldecott (editors)
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- The Chesterton Press
Most readers of the Lord of the Rings, and viewers of the movie adaptations of the book by Peter Jackson, are unaware that J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Catholic with a profound spiritual life. The contributors to this collection explore different aspects of this neglected but essential religious element in Tolkien's writing. He emerges as one of the truly great modern authors, who along with the War poets and several contemporary fantasists sought not to escape from reality but to fashion an adequate response to it, awakening Hope in the face of all temptation to despair, and kindling the imagination of the young with a mature vision of heroism born out of tragedy and love.