- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Co ,U.S.; Reprint edition (4 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082454983X
- ISBN-13: 978-0824549831
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Paperback – 4 Dec 2012
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Digging deep into J. R. R. Tolkien's spiritual biography--his religious scholarship and his love of both Christian and pagan myth--Stratford Caldecott offers a critical study of how the acclaimed author effectively created a vivid Middle Earth using the familiar rites and ceremonies of human history. And while readers and moviegoers alike may appreciate the fantasy world of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, few know that in life, Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic and that the characters, the events, and the general morality of each novel are informed by the dogmas of his faith. Revised and updated, this acclaimed study of Tolkien's achievement--previously released as Secret Fire in the UK--includes commentary on Peter Jackson's film adaptations and explores many of the fascinating stories and letters published after Tolkien's death.
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For me, to be really worthwhile, a book has to say something about the human condition, and I hope to find something inspiring, which encourages me to feel that there is a human spirit which will work with others to achieve great ends and overthrow evils. The Lord of the Rings does this of course, and Caldecott does a brilliant job in revealing the roots of this creation. He highlights the moral and spiritual struggles of the protagonists, which we can all relate to to a greater or lesser extent, while drawing analogies with Christian ideas and examples. I think any lover of Tolkien would find this book enlightening - as it draws on ideas and ideals that are part of the common culture of the Western world.
I found his appendix "The Film of the Ring" particularly interesting, it provides an extended review of the film, highlighting the changes that Peter Jackson had to make, but showing how they are often very much in the spirit of the book.
As someone who hasn't read the Lord of the Rings for 25 years the Power of the Ring made me want to re-read it and see it in a new way - which is a tribute to Caldecott's insights.
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