Reno E. Lauro
Reno E. Lauro is a researcher and independent scholar. His unpublished PhD thesis from the University of St Andrews was a treatment of Tolkine's philosophy of Mythopoeia  as a response to Jean Baudrillard's Hyperreality. His work makes connections between Tolkien, the medieval aesthetics of light, and the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. Reno contends that Tolkien modified Barfield's notion of Ancient Semantic Unity and developed his own Ontological Semantic Unity in the Legendarium. Rather than a literary endeavor, Tolkien applied the Medieval aesthetics of light to an already involved asterisk history of Elves and Men. Tolkien can only be understood, he says, by taking his cosmological ontology at face value as a true recovery of enchanted forms of life for an Age of the Machine.
- 2006: J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment
- "Poems by Tolkien: The History of Middle-earth"
- 2008: The Mirror Crack'd: Fear and Horror in J.R.R. Tolkien's Major Works
- "Of Spiders and Light: Hope, Action and Medieval Aesthetics in the horrors of Shelob's Lair"
- February 24, 2006, University of St Andrews
- "Panning the Semantic Trace: language, imagination and reality in the works of Owen Barfield & J.R.R. Tolkien"
- March, 2006, University of St. Andrews Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts colloquium 'Patterns of Promise: Art, Imagination, and Christian Hope'
- "Tolkien’s Nostalgia: Recovering the Reality of Christian Hope through Imagination"
- March 1, 2008, Dallas Baptist University Pew/Paideia Conference
- "Magic, Craft and Poïesis: Modes of Imaginative Resistance and Revealing in J.R.R. Tolkien and Martin Heidegger"
- July 31, 2021, MythCon 51
- "Philology and the Lived Imagination: Vico, Collingwood, and Tolkien"
- October 22, 2022, Tolkien Among the Theologians Conference at Houston Christian University
- "Tolkien, St. Maximus, and the Anglo-Saxon Theological Tradition"
- Reno E. Lauro at Academia.edu
- Tolkien's House of Being
- Thesis Submitted for the Degree of PhD at the University of St. Andrews
- Reno E. Lauro, "Beyond the colonization of human imagining and everyday life: crafting mythopoeic lifeworlds as a theological response to hyperreality" dated 30 November 2012, St Andrews Research Repository (accessed 9 December 2019)