Tolkien's Theology of Beauty Hardback

Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-Earth

by Lisa Coutras;

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Tolkien's Theology of Beauty

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In this book, Lisa Coutras explores the structure and complexity of J.R.R. Tolkien's narrative theology, synthesizing his Christian worldview with his creative imagination. She illustrates how, within the framework of a theological aesthetics, transcendental beauty is the unifying principle that integrates all aspects of Tolkien's writing, from pagan despair to Christian joy. J.R.R. Tolkien's Christianity is often held in an unsteady tension with the pagan despair of his mythic world. Some critics portray these as incompatible, while Christian analysis tends to oversimplify the presence of religious symbolism. This polarity of opinion testifies to the need for a unifying interpretive lens. The fact that Tolkien saw his own writing as "religious" and "Catholic," yet was preoccupied with pagan mythology, nature, language, and evil, suggests that these areas were wholly integrated with his Christian worldview. Tolkien's Theology of Beauty examines six structural elements, demonstrating that the author's Christianity is deeply embedded in the narrative framework of his creative imagination.

Tolkien's Theology of Beauty by Lisa Coutras was published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2016. The ISBN for Tolkien's Theology of Beauty is 9781137553447.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (August 2016)
Number of Pages249
Height210 mm
Width148 mm
Product Code4451954
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