• The Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings

  • The Theological Vision in Tolkien's Fiction
  • By: Joseph Pearce
  • Narrated by: Joseph Pearce
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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The Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings

By: Joseph Pearce
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Join Joseph Pearce as he explores the great theological depth of the most popular work of literature in the 20th century, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Despite the absence of any direct mention of Christ or the Catholic Church, Tolkien described his work as "fundamentally religious and Catholic." He was able to infuse his fictional world with theological orthodoxy through his creation of myth and a world order. Endowing his protagonists with Christian virtues, he also incorporated themes of grace and mercy.  

Tolkien's deep faith and creative philosophy emerge from the narrative as an unmistakable Catholic presence. The very foundation of Tolkien's Middle-earth, from its creation by Iluvatar, the one God, to angel-like Melkor's sinful rebellion, to the menacing presence of Sauron, the dark lord, supports Professor Pearce's argument for the Catholicity of the work. You'll learn of the symbolic greatness of the One Ring, understand the significance of Tolkien’s choice of dates, notice the rich similarities between the Elvish waybread, lembas, and the Catholic Eucharist, and see how Frodo, Aragorn, and Gandalf act as Christ-figures. 

Over the eight lectures in the course, Professor Pearce highlights connections, symbols, and insights which will expand your reading of The Lord of the Rings. It is said that art holds the mirror up to life. This is the reason that art is "real" and fiction is "true." The Lord of the Rings has continued to endure as a masterpiece of literary genius because it puts human nature on display, revealing both man’s greatest temptations, and his most glorious victories. Learn more and discover the wisdom of The Lord of the Rings with Professor Joseph Pearce.

©2011 Saint Benedict Press (P)2011 Saint Benedict Press

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Outstanding!

Concise and profound review of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings! I realize these are lectures by the author, but I suggest he have someone else read the text due to dialectal issues.

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Amazing!

I loved it! I learned so much that I never knew! As a constant reader of Lord of the Rings, I enjoyed learning more about my favorite series! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Lord of the Rings! It honestly could not have been better.

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fantastic, for every fan of the Lord of the rings

fantastic, for every fan of Lord of Tolkien will appreciate this recording. he's brilliant!

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Excellent companion for The Lord of the Rings

Having read (listened to) The Lord of the Rings after watching the movies, I wanted to read the books again. This was a good insight into some of the themes and symbols in the book that will help in getting even more out of the second reading.

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  • Trish
  • 04-14-20

Fantastic food for thought

I loved this. it was easy to follow the argument as it was presented. There were a lot of ah ha moments throughout. Going now to see if I can find some more!