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Tree of Tales
Tolkien, Literature, and Theology

Edited by Trevor Hart and Ivan Khovacs

Tree of Tales
Paperback, 144 pages $29.95
Published: 1st April 2007
ISBN: 9781932792645
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Literature, All Religious Studies, Religion & Literature

This work examines the theological relationship between creation and creativity in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It does so by bringing together a synthesis of various disciplines and perspectives to the creativity of J.R.R. Tolkien. Hart and Khovacs provide a fresh reading of these important themes in Tolkien, and the result captures the multi-faceted nature of Tolkien’s own vivid theology and literary imagination.


1. Tolkien, St. Andrews, and Dragons

2. The Fairy story: J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis

3. Tolkien’s Mythopoesis

4. Tolkien, Creation, and Creativity

5. Tolkien and the Future of Literary studies

6. Tolkien and the Subversion of Power

7. Tolkien’s Augustinian Understanding of Good and Evil: Why The Lord of the Rings Is Not Manichean


List of contributors

A fresh and provocative literary and theological analysis of Tolkien’s oeuvre.

—Christopher W. Mitchell, Wade Center, Wheaton College

This collection on Tolkien's fiction ought to be in every Tolkien lover's library. The true genius of this volume is its collective appreciation for Tolkien's literary theory and how these works form the intellectual, artistic, and theological foundations for all his fiction. This superb collection ought to draw renewed attention not only to Tolkien's theories of the purpose and function of literature, especially fantasy literature, but also to the application of those theories to his own literature and that of other mythopoeic writers.  This is one of the best anthologies on Tolkien I have ever read.

—Ted Sherman, Middle Tennessee State University

Tree of Tales proves once again the inexhaustible richness of Tolkien's work.  The papers gathered here by a range of distinguished commentators make a real contribution to the growing field of Tolkien scholarship.  The book would be a useful addition to any library concerned with the inter-relationship of theology and literature.

—Stratford Caldecott, Editor of Second Spring

Trevor Hart (Ph.D. University of Aberdeen) is Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, St. Andrews, and is Honorary Professor of Divinity at the University of St Andrews.

Ivan Khovacs is Lecturer at the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts, St. Andrews.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 144 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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