Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature and Theology

Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature and Theology - Trevor Hart Tree of Tales is a collection of papers given at a symposium held to mark the 65th anniversary of Tolkien's Andrew Lang Lecture at the University of St. Andrews, a lecture that was later published as the classic essay "On Fairy Stories." The papers discuss Tolkien's Catholicism and its relationship to the world of Middle Earth; his theory of "sub-creation"; the importance (and impending loss) of the literary foundation, particularly the Bible, that is necessary to understanding so much classic literature; and the (possibly unavoidable) failures of the film version of LOTR to convey his full vision. As with any collection, the quality and interest (at least for this reader) varies, but for the most part I found them very enlightening.