Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues: Discovering the Spiritual Themes of the "Lord of the Rings" Paperback – 1 Jan 2002
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It is evident that the author loves LOTR deeply. In fact, the outline is done so lovingly close to LOTR that I felt deeply touched and had tears in my eyes (for I do also love LOTR). Being a Christian myself I can easily follow the structure and reflections of virtue that the author demonstrates and it is wisely seen.
I would not recommend this book to a novice in LOTR or a teenager. In my mind, this book demands that you have reflected on life. However, a very fine book indeed!
It's not a long book, only around 150 pages of actual text, and there are some good points which start to emerge, but everything is rather stifled by slathering on a thick layer of religious dogma, with biblical quotes here there and everywhere and I felt I was being preached to rather than reading an intelligent work of literary criticism. Most of the parallels the author seemed to be trying to draw were not particularly helpful anyway.
There are other works out there far more enlightening about Tolkien's work.
This is what you feel when you read this work of Mark Eddy Smith, who - perhaps most of all for himself - has tried to work out what exactly it is that is touching him so deeply through Tolkien's work. And it is a wonderful fact that he has decided to share his cognitions with us. The feelings that the author might have experienced during the writing are passed on to the reader to leave him in a grateful and contemplative mood. Mark Eddy Smith has classified Tolkien's novel according to values and virtues to give us a clear vision of what we have to rediscover and cultivate to satisfy our contemporary desires. This book is simply a fantastic work.
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