2011 – Light Beyond All Shadow : Religious Experience in Tolkien’s Work – Hardcover – Paul Kerry – Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

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ISBN-10 1611470102
ISBN-13 9781611470109

Organized religion is notably absent from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Secondary Universe, despite the author’s shadow explore this anomaly across the full sweep of Tolkien’s legendarium plus Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. Contributors examine the source and style of Tolkien’s Catholic imagination, from Bibilical typology to personal relationships. Although his imagery has both Christian and pagan resonances, Tolkien’s “comedy of grace” is neither occult nor Manichaean. Creation reveals the Creator. Light stands for sub-creative power diffusing from the Deity. Water, music, poetry, and the life-giving Feminine are signposts of transcendence. As in its earlier companion volume, The Ring and the Cross, Light Beyond All Shadow illuminates Tolkien beautifully. Book jacket.

What forms can religious experience take in a world without cult or creed? Organized religion is notably absent from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Secondary Universe of elves, dwarves, men and hobbits despite the author’s own deep Catholic faith. Tolkien stated that his goal was ‘sub-creating’ a universe whose natural form of religion would not directly contradict Catholic theology. Essays in Light Beyond All Shadows examine the full sweep of Tolkien’s legendarium, not only The Lord of the Rings but also The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-Earth series plus Peter Jackson’s film trilogy.