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{"num_reviews":1,"url":"https://tanbooks.com/products/books/the-hidden-meaning-of-the-lord-of-the-rings-the-theological-vision-in-tolkiens-fiction/","add_this":[{"service":"","annotation":""}],"gtin":null,"id":"1954","can_purchase":true,"meta_description":"Stream the TAN Course: The Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings: The Theological Vision in Tolkien's Fiction today to deepen your understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition","category":["Lifelong Learning/TAN Courses/Literature"],"AddThisServiceButtonMeta":"","main_image":{"data":"https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-iuax7bpgx3/images/stencil/{:size}/products/1954/2924/2924__58778.1666799902.jpg?c=1","alt":"The Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings: The Theological Vision in Tolkien's Fiction cover"},"add_to_wishlist_url":"/wishlist.php?action=add&product_id=1954","custom_fields":[{"id":"48885","name":"Author","value":"Joseph Pearce"},{"id":"48886","name":"Imprint","value":"Catholic Courses"},{"id":"48887","name":"Publication Date","value":"1/1/2011"},{"id":"48888","name":"Product Format","value":"Streaming Video"}],"sku":"C50007-DIGITAL","description":"<p><a id=\"trailer_video\"></a>\n<script src=\"https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/g19lyp7oo6.jsonp\" async=\"\"></script>\n<script src=\"https://fast.wistia.com/assets/external/E-v1.js\" async=\"\"></script>\n</p>\n<div class=\"wistia_responsive_padding\" style=\"padding: 56.25% 0 0 0; position: relative;\">\n<div class=\"wistia_responsive_wrapper\" style=\"height: 100%; left: 0; position: absolute; top: 0; width: 100%;\">\n<div class=\"wistia_embed wistia_async_g19lyp7oo6 seo=false videoFoam=true\" style=\"height: 100%; position: relative; width: 100%;\">\n<div class=\"wistia_swatch\" style=\"height: 100%; left: 0; opacity: 0; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 0; transition: opacity 200ms; width: 100%;\"><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><img style=\"filter: blur(5px); height: 100%; object-fit: contain; width: 100%;\" src=\"https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/g19lyp7oo6/swatch\" alt=\"\" aria-hidden=\"true\" /></span></div>\n</div>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Joseph Pearce offers a fascinating and insightful course on <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>, which is the greatest and most popular work of literature of the twentieth century. The course discusses the book's phenomenal success and the life of its author, J. R. R. Tolkien, before embarking on a tour of the world and characters of Middle-earth.</span><br /><br /><span style=\"color: #000000;\">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 myth and world order, by endowing his protagonists with Christian virtues, and by incorporating themes of grace and mercy.</span></div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Catholicism within the Narrative</strong></span></div>\n<div><br /><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Tolkien's deep faith and creative philosophy emerges from the narrative as an unmistakable Catholic presence. The very foundation of Tolkien's Middle-earth, from its creation by Eru Il&uacute;vatar, 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 how the One Ring symbolizes Original Sin, how the dates Tolkien chose for events in the story are theologically significant, how the Elvish waybread, <em>lembas</em>, figures as the Eucharist, and how Frodo acts as a Christ-figure.</span></div>\n<div><br /><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Tolkien also describes his work as an allegory of \"power usurped for domination\" - a theme which is all the more important to examine in our modern world. Characters throughout <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> are tempted by power and the urge to seize it and wield it for personal gain and unlawful control. Throughout the journey of the Fellowship, various characters face the temptation of the One Ring - the wizard Gandalf, through whom the Ring would wield a terrible power; human man Boromir, who would use it to save his people; elf queen Galadriel, weary from fighting the \"long defeat\" against evil. Among the characters who do usurp power for domination are Saruman, the white wizard who succumbs to evil, whose machinations at Isengard only bring more evil into Middle-earth.</span><br /><br /><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Over the eight lectures in the course, Professor Pearce highlights connections, allegories, and insights which will expand your reading of <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>. It is said that art holds the mirror up to life. This is the reason that art is \"real\" and fiction is \"true\". <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> enjoys such fame and popularity because in a way, it shows us ourselves in the characters. Learn more and discover for yourself the truth written into <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> with Professor Joseph Pearce.</span></div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Lectures</strong></span></div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<ol>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Introducing J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man behind the Myth</strong></span>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Our first lecture examines the importance of understanding the personhood and beliefs of J.R.R. Tolkien in order to understand his works.</span></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>True Myth: Tolkien, C. S. Lewis &amp; the Truth of Fiction</strong></span>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">This second lecture discusses the philosophy of myth which shaped <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> and how it developed from J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. 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We'll also look at the consequences of indulging in sin.</span></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Of Elves &amp; Men: Fighting the Long Defeat</strong></span>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Elves and Men are integral to Tolkien&rsquo;s description of <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> as an allegory of death and immortality.</span></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Seeing Ourselves in the Story: The Hobbits, Boromir, Faramir &amp; Gollum as Everyman Figures</strong></span>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">In this fifth lecture, we&rsquo;ll discuss how art is the mirror of reality and how some of Tolkien's characters reflect important truths about ourselves.</span></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Of Wizards &amp; Kings: Frodo, Gandalf &amp; Aragorn as Figures of Christ</strong></span>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Through the characters of Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn, Tolkien introduces Christ into the story with a subtlety that refuses to be labeled as \"allegory.\"</span></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Beyond the Power of the Ring: The Riddle of Tom Bombadil &amp; Other Neglected Characters</strong></span>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Far from being \"throw-away\" characters, Tom Bombadil, Treebeard, Radagast, and others all have important significance and point to Tolkien&rsquo;s deep Catholicism.</span></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Frodo&rsquo;s Failure: The Triumph of Grace</span>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"color: #000000;\">During our final lecture, we&rsquo;ll look at the climactic moment of Frodo&rsquo;s failure on Mount Doom, his struggle with Gollum, and the paradox of triumphant providential grace.</span></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<div><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>Lecture Sample</strong></span></div>\n<p><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><a id=\"sample_video\" style=\"color: #000000;\"></a>\n<script src=\"https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/dj3vwggfr4.jsonp\" async=\"\"></script>\n<script src=\"https://fast.wistia.com/assets/external/E-v1.js\" async=\"\"></script>\n</span></p>\n<div class=\"wistia_responsive_padding\" style=\"padding: 56.25% 0 0 0; position: relative;\">\n<div class=\"wistia_responsive_wrapper\" style=\"height: 100%; left: 0; position: absolute; top: 0; width: 100%;\">\n<div class=\"wistia_embed wistia_async_dj3vwggfr4 seo=false videoFoam=true\" style=\"height: 100%; position: relative; width: 100%;\">\n<div class=\"wistia_swatch\" style=\"height: 100%; left: 0; opacity: 0; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 0; transition: opacity 200ms; width: 100%;\"><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><img style=\"filter: blur(5px); height: 100%; object-fit: contain; width: 100%;\" src=\"https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/dj3vwggfr4/swatch\" alt=\"\" aria-hidden=\"true\" /></span></div>\n</div>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div><span style=\"color: #000000;\"><strong>About the Professor</strong></span></div>\n<div>&nbsp;</div>\n<div><span style=\"color: #000000;\">Joseph Pearce is Writer in Residence and Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Mt. Royal Academy in Sunapee, NH. A popular speaker, he lectures regularly at a wide variety of events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa, and South America. Professor Pearce is a renowned biographer whose books include:</span></div>\n<div>\n<p><span style=\"color: #000000;\">&bull; <em>Through Shakespeare&rsquo;s Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays</em> (Ignatius Press, 2010)</span><br /><span style=\"color: #000000;\">&bull; <em>Tolkien: Man and Myth, a Literary</em> Life (HarperCollins, 1998)</span><br /><span style=\"color: #000000;\">&bull; <em>Literary Giants, Literary Catholics</em> (Ignatius Press, 2005)</span><br /><span style=\"color: #000000;\">&bull; <em>Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. 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The Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings: The Theological Vision in Tolkien's Fiction

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Joseph Pearce offers a fascinating and insightful course on The Lord of the Rings, which is the greatest and most popular work of literature of the twentieth century. The course discusses the book's phenomenal success and the life of its author, J. R. R. Tolkien, before embarking on a tour of the world and characters of Middle-earth.

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 myth and world order, by endowing his protagonists with Christian virtues, and by incorporating themes of grace and mercy.
 
Catholicism within the Narrative

Tolkien's deep faith and creative philosophy emerges from the narrative as an unmistakable Catholic presence. The very foundation of Tolkien's Middle-earth, from its creation by Eru Ilúvatar, 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 how the One Ring symbolizes Original Sin, how the dates Tolkien chose for events in the story are theologically significant, how the Elvish waybread, lembas, figures as the Eucharist, and how Frodo acts as a Christ-figure.

Tolkien also describes his work as an allegory of "power usurped for domination" - a theme which is all the more important to examine in our modern world. Characters throughout The Lord of the Rings are tempted by power and the urge to seize it and wield it for personal gain and unlawful control. Throughout the journey of the Fellowship, various characters face the temptation of the One Ring - the wizard Gandalf, through whom the Ring would wield a terrible power; human man Boromir, who would use it to save his people; elf queen Galadriel, weary from fighting the "long defeat" against evil. Among the characters who do usurp power for domination are Saruman, the white wizard who succumbs to evil, whose machinations at Isengard only bring more evil into Middle-earth.

Over the eight lectures in the course, Professor Pearce highlights connections, allegories, 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 enjoys such fame and popularity because in a way, it shows us ourselves in the characters. Learn more and discover for yourself the truth written into The Lord of the Rings with Professor Joseph Pearce.
 
Lectures
 
  1. Introducing J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man behind the Myth
    • Our first lecture examines the importance of understanding the personhood and beliefs of J.R.R. Tolkien in order to understand his works.
  2. True Myth: Tolkien, C. S. Lewis & the Truth of Fiction
    • This second lecture discusses the philosophy of myth which shaped The Lord of the Rings and how it developed from J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’s friendship.
  3. The Meaning of the Ring: “To Rule Them All, and in the Darkness Bind Them”
    • In this lecture, the Ring is reveled as a symbol of sin in general, and Original Sin in particular. We'll also look at the consequences of indulging in sin.
  4. Of Elves & Men: Fighting the Long Defeat
    • Elves and Men are integral to Tolkien’s description of The Lord of the Rings as an allegory of death and immortality.
  5. Seeing Ourselves in the Story: The Hobbits, Boromir, Faramir & Gollum as Everyman Figures
    • In this fifth lecture, we’ll discuss how art is the mirror of reality and how some of Tolkien's characters reflect important truths about ourselves.
  6. Of Wizards & Kings: Frodo, Gandalf & Aragorn as Figures of Christ
    • Through the characters of Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn, Tolkien introduces Christ into the story with a subtlety that refuses to be labeled as "allegory."
  7. Beyond the Power of the Ring: The Riddle of Tom Bombadil & Other Neglected Characters
    • Far from being "throw-away" characters, Tom Bombadil, Treebeard, Radagast, and others all have important significance and point to Tolkien’s deep Catholicism.
  8. Frodo’s Failure: The Triumph of Grace
    • During our final lecture, we’ll look at the climactic moment of Frodo’s failure on Mount Doom, his struggle with Gollum, and the paradox of triumphant providential grace.
Lecture Sample

 
About the Professor
 
Joseph Pearce is Writer in Residence and Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Mt. Royal Academy in Sunapee, NH. A popular speaker, he lectures regularly at a wide variety of events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa, and South America. Professor Pearce is a renowned biographer whose books include:

Through Shakespeare’s Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays (Ignatius Press, 2010)
Tolkien: Man and Myth, a Literary Life (HarperCollins, 1998)
Literary Giants, Literary Catholics (Ignatius Press, 2005)
Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton (Ignatius Press, 1997)
Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc (Ignatius Press, 2002)

His articles have been published in Lay Witness, National Review, Distributist Review, and National Catholic Register. Professor Pearce is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Higher Education from Thomas More College for the Liberal Arts and the Pollock Award for Christian Biography. He is co-editor of the St. Austin Review, editor-in-chief of Ignatius
Critical Editions, and editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press.

 

Homeschooling Products

The Homeschooling Set includes the Streaming Video and Homeschooling Course Guide. Each Course Guide contains everything needed for a student to complete the course, including:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Quizzes
  • Final Essay
  • Lecture Notes
  • Answer Key

 

Author:
Joseph Pearce
Imprint:
Catholic Courses
Publication Date:
1/1/2011
Product Format:
Streaming Video

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    Recovery of Buried Treasure

    Posted by Nora B. on Sep 16th 2022

    What a blessing to have a true intellectual, literary, and above all CATHOLIC view of this amazing a…

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