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The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – August 4, 2003
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General reader will find much to think about...would also be useful for students of Tolkien and in undergraduate teaching. -- Science Fiction Research Association, #271, Jan-Feb-Mar 2005
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The other way seems to be to take philosophy and explain certain ideas, for example from early Greek thinkers, by using characters and events from the books as examples.
In other words half the book is trying to explore the world of Middle-earth using philosophy are a road map while the other half the book explores our world of thought and ideas using understandable examples both adults, and some children, will know from Middle-earth. That IS the point of the series - using popular culture to help examine, explain and explore thought.
Questions about ethics, what does it mean to be good, why BE good, would you WISH to live forever, and is technology evil are all examined. Some of the answers ARE interesting and also add, I think, to Tolkien's works. The thing is I think if you are into the Lord of the Rings, either the books or the movies, you may have already gone over many of these questions in your mind. So you may find the book boring or, at least, somewhat limited in scope. There are no real surprises.
A good book to read during a snow storm in front of the fireplace IF you have no other new books around. Of course, I would suggest getting The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings if you don't already have it.