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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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  • 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)

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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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I've just read the Power of the Ring and I found it a really enlightening book - I loved The Lord of the Rings when I was younger - and read it many times, excited by the mythic power of it - but perhaps not really sure why. This book explains how Tolkien's faith (or for atheists, the Christian myth!) informs the book, just as much as Norse mythology and heroic literature do.
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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This is a revised and expanded edition of the excellent 'Secret Fire' (known as 'The Power of the Ring' in America). For reviews of the first edition check out the American amazon product: http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Ring-Spiritual-Vision/dp/082452277X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358501006&sr=8-2&keywords=the+power+of+the+ring or the publisher's website: [...]
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It's been a while since I read this book, but I liked it so much that I bought a copy for my niece for her Birthday. Mr Caldecott, who died earlier this year had clearly read & reread The Lord of the Rings many times. As a Catholic who loved and read all of Tolkien's writing, he gives us a very important insight into all things Tolkien. Not a cheap book, but well worth a read
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A pleasure to read and a must for Tolkien fans looking to gain an insight into the inspiration for Middle Earth
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HASH(0x9e9ad9f0) out of 5 stars Fascinating book! 20 Jan. 2016
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Lots of intriguing information.
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HASH(0x9f7ff4bc) out of 5 stars A very insightful and spiritual review of JRR Tolkien's major ... 25 July 2014
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A very insightful and spiritual review of JRR Tolkien's major themes. A must for all who want to understand the man and his work.
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HASH(0xa0afda98) out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jun. 2015
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This book provides a great deal of excellent background and interpretation of the symbolism in Tolkien's works.
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HASH(0x9f3a96b4) out of 5 stars The Power of the Ring 25 May 2013
By Carol Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an in depth over view of Tolkien's Lord of the Ring. It brought some ideas forward that I had not considered before. It's obvious that the perspective is from an English Catholic, which would explain a different viewpoint from mine. It does bring up one question that I have had also. In the chapter on the Peter Jackson film, it asks "what happened to the horses?" in the scene of the battle at the Black Gate. That's not really important, but it is interesting. Overall, the book is worth the read.
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HASH(0x9e97faec) out of 5 stars New (Expanded) Edition of the 2005 sellout 17 July 2013
By Arien - Published on Amazon.com
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Incorporating corrections and more material on The Hobbit, this book is the new edition of the 2005 sell-out. Reviews of the first edition can be found here: The Power Ring Spiritual Vision

The Spanish edition is here: poder del anillo power Ring
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