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  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586170252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586170257
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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I finally made time to read it, and I'm so glad I did!
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Peter Kreeft has blown my mind with his book on Philosophy within Tolkien's works and personal letters.
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His imagination, just like it is, promises tantalizing truths regarding our real world.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By "Rocky Raccoon" VINE VOICE on June 11, 2006
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Peter Kreeft is a gifted writer. He is able to take some of the most difficult concepts and make them accessible to the reader. He is very concrete and clear. In this book about Tolkien, he states his objective concisely: "This book is not about Tolkien's world. It is about Tolkien's worldview, Tolkien's philosophy. Exploring that* can be another adventure. For while this philosophy is as much a part of Tolkien's world as its wars,...the philosophy is not on the surface,...but hidden beneath it,..." Kreeft uses a wealth of thinkers, philosophers, theologians, and writers to illuminate (or contrast) Tolkien's major ideas and ideals. He presents a virtue, a philosophy, or a theological concept, then defines it, expounds on it, and ties it to "The Lord of the Rings". He is also adept at applying his ideas to modern events such as 9/11. Then he takes excerpts from Tolkien's own books and provides the clincher.

As succinct as he is at this task, it is significant that he seldom mentions Tolkien for nearly the first sixty pages, and the introduction consists of only about twenty of them. Correspondingly significant, he quotes from C.S. Lewis more often than from Tolkien. However, this is a description, not a flaw, for he frames Tolkien well with Lewis. (Sometimes Lewis is better at describing the process and/or values of Tolkien.) He is masterful for tightly presenting key concepts from Plato, Dostoyevski, Sartre, G. K. Chesterton, and Hegel, just to name a few, and applying them to the framework of Tolkien's deepest beliefs. And, I must note, you don't have to have read any of these figures to understand the book or their references.

It is hard to argue with Kreeft.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dickerson on March 17, 2006
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This is a superb book. Well-written, and insightful. If viewed only as a work of scholarship on J.R.R.Tolkien, it might not be indispensible. But Kreeft is full of such profound insights into the bigger issues of the value of story, and how story incarnates philosophy--and he articulates them so clearly--that the book becomes a must read for anybody interested in the value of story, the value of fantasy, the value of myth... and how a reader should approach this genre of literature. Of course the book does an excellent job at the stated topic also, outlining how Tolkien's masterpiece addresses the most important questions of philosophy.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kendal B. Hunter on January 7, 2007
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I recommend this books hand and fist above "Lord of the Rings and Philosophy." It has the blessing of being both narrowly focused while surveying a broad filed. Kreeft manages to cover 50 philosophical touch-points, and show what Tolkien has to say on each of them.

This is important. Esthetics is a branch of philosophy--a neglected branch of philosophy since one wag said "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and everyone believed him--and therefore all art is a form of philosophic engagement. The astound thing this is that Tolkien never set out to be a philosopher--" It is neither allegorical nor topical . . . I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations."

On page 11, Kreeft suggests that this book can be used as a grid for comparing and contrasting books such as "Nausea," "The Stranger," or "The Sound and the Fury." He is way too modest: you can use this book as a key for unlocking every book you read. I am going to follow a similar formant for the next time I read "War and Peace." Both Tolkien and Tolstoy have written long books, and both are each other's equals.

This book's biggest boon is its concordance. Most of the 1,000 references in the text are actually contained in this nexus. The Lord of the Rings becomes a new book, allowing you to isolate key passages from the "background noise" of the prose. There is one warning: the concordance refers to specific editions of LOTR and Silmarillion, etc, so you need to get this book first and then buy the appropriate editions as found on page 229 and page 12. Hopefully when the estate of JRR finally produces a standard text, an expanded concordance can be made. Until then, use this one in conjunction with "The Complete Guide To Middle-Earth.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. on January 10, 2006
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Peter Kreeft is one of the best at helping readers see key insights. For those who love Tolkien, Kreeft is a most helpful guide at exploring the worldview that permeates the entire masterpiece by Tolkien. The author of more than 40 books (not amazon reviews that miss the point) has done it again!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Drayton on January 12, 2012
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Important to be clear about what you are getting with this interesting book.

Prof. Kreeft has written an entertaining review of what he calls 50 of the "great questions of philosophy" from the perspective of self-avowedly conservative Christian apologetics. He uses Tolkien and C.S. Lewis to illustrate the points he is making - Lewis largely from his non-fiction essays and Tolkien from his letters and, to a lesser extent, his fiction.

Approach the book from the perspective of a Tolkien buff wanting to learn more about Middle-Earth or JRRT's life and times and you will be disappointed. Similarly, if, like me, you are not too interested in Lewis' apologetics, you will find yourself getting a bit antsy.

It is a bit surprising to me that the book dwells so rarely on the Catholic tradition, since this is very much the one from which JRRT was writing (I mean particularly matters of sacraments, intercession, authority and the Virgin), but perhaps the author did not want to alienate the large protestant market. A pity, because I think it prevented the book from making some potentially fascinating points.

A note on the tone: some reviewers appear to have taken exception to Prof. Kreeft's no-nonsense tone, and there are certainly passages here which may challenge those with sympathy for liberalism. (And, wow, does poor old Nietzsche get a roasting!) I personally didn't find it to be too off-putting, but I enjoy reading the views of intelligent, opnionated people.
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---"Beauty" -- The branch of philosophy dealing with aesthetics.
---"C. S. Lewis and Mere Christianity" -- C.S. Lewis' masterpiece
--- Charisms: Visions, Tongues, Healing, etc. (feat. Dave Nevins)
---"Christianity in Lord of the Rings" -- The cleverly disguised role of God
---"Culture War" -- A call to arms, mapping key enemies and battlefields
---"Existence of God" -- A magnificent overview of the arguments
---"Good, True, Beautiful" -- C.S. Lewis on three great transcendentals
---"Happiness" -- How do you get it? Christ's version vs. the world's
---"Heaven" -- The heart's deepest longing
---"Hollywood Screenwriting" -- Encouragement to film's creative storytellers
---"If Einstein Had Been a Surfer" -- Rediscovering intuitive thinking
---"Lord, Liar, or Lunatic" -- The famous argument for Christ's identity
---"Problem of Pain" -- C.S. Lewis's brilliant exposition on suffering and evil
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---"Sexual Reconnection" -- Healing the link between sex & love
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