The Ring and the Cross

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The Ring and the Cross:
Christianity and The Lord of the Rings
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AuthorPaul E. Kerry (editor)
PublisherFairleigh Dickinson University Press

The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and The Lord of the Rings is an anthology of scholarly essays on the influence of Christianity in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Its companion volume is Light Beyond All Shadow: Religious Experience in Tolkien's Work.

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The conversation, sometimes heated, about the influence of Christianity on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien has a long history. What has been lacking is a forum for a civilized discussion about the topic, as well as a chronological overview of the major arguments and themes that have engaged scholars about the impact of Christianity on Tolkien's oeuvre, with particular reference to The Lord of the Rings. The Ring and the Cross addresses these two needs through an articulate and authoritative analyses of Tolkien's Roman Catholicism and the role it plays in understanding his writings. The volume's contributors deftly explain the kinds of interpretations put forward and evidence marshaled when arguing for or against religious influence. The Ring and the Cross invites readers to draw their own conclusions about a subject that has fascinated Tolkien enthusiasts since the publication of his masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

Contents[edit | edit source]

  • Introduction (Paul E. Kerry)
  • Part I: The Ring
    • "The Pagan Tolkien" (Ronald Hutton)
    • "The Christian Tolkien: A Response to Ronald Hutton" (Nils Ivar Agøy)
    • "The Entwives: Investigating the Spritual Core of The Lord of the Rings" (Stephen Morillo)
    • "'Like Heathen Kings': Religion as Palimpsest in Tolkien's Fiction" (John R. Holmes)
    • "Confronting the World's Weirdness: J. R. R. Tolkien's The Children of Húrin" (Ralph C. Wood)
    • "Eru Erased: The Minimalist Cosmology of The Lord of the Rings" (Catherine Madsen)
    • "The Ring and the Cross: How J. R. R. Tolkien Became a Christian Writer" (Chris Mooney)
  • Part II: The Cross
    • "Redeeming Sub-Creation" (Carson L. Holloway)
    • "Catholic Scholar, Catholic Sub-Creator" (Jason Boffetti)
    • "'An Age Comes On': J.R.R. Tolkien and the English Catholic Sense of History" (Michael Tomko)
    • "The Lord of the Rings and the Catholic Understanding of Community" (Joseph Pearce)
    • "Tracking Catholic Influence in The Lord of the Rings" (Paul E. Kerry)
    • "Saintly and Distant Mothers" (Marjorie Burns)
  • "The 'Last Battle' as a Johannine Ragnarok: Tolkien and the Universal" (Bradley J. Birzer)

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