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2.0 out of 5 stars Inspriational rather than philosophical, 20 Mar 2003
This review is from: Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues: Discovering the Spiritual Themes of the "Lord of the Rings" (Paperback)
This book is not the deep philosophical analysis of the virtues inherent in Tolkien's works that perhaps it appears to be. Rather it is an overview of tLotR that reads like an inspirational religious text. Taking the book in ordered sections (roughly a scene or set piece at a time) and drawing out quasi-religious themes, the author leads the reader through the novel highlighting a range of 'virtues' and their application to real life. There is no discussion of virtue ethics per se. I read such texts myself from time to time, but I was hoping for something more from this title. A scholarly analysis of virtue in Tolkien is possible: this is not it.
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