Lord of the Elves and Eldils

Lord of the Elves and Eldils

Fantasy and Philosophy in C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien

by Richard L. Purtill
Publisher: Ignatius Press
2nd Edition, ©2006, ISBN: 9781586170844
Trade Paperback, 273 pages
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This examination of the fantasy and philosophy of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien allows us to see what is good and true in literature. Though the worlds and characters that Lewis and Tolkien created came from imagination, the ideas and values they embodied came from truth, allowing the reader to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world around himself. This is why their works have such resonance, why so many readers return again and again to the works of Tolkien and Lewis to be refreshed and nourished by the truth that can be found in the pages of their books.

Richard Purtill, author of J. R. R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality and Religion, takes the reader through a guided tour of the works of Lewis and Tolkien. As we explore the lands and planets that these brilliant writers conjured up, one can see with greater clarity what makes literature great, and what makes fantasy important.

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Summary: The fantasies of Lewis and Tolkien hold such attraction because of the Christian philosophies behind them, which Purtill explicates here.

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