Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/255055
Title:
A Latter-day Saint reading of Tolkien
Authors:
Holt, James
Abstract:
This paper explores the religious themes evident in some of Tolkien’s writings, most notably The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. The author will utilise existing scholarship on Tolkien’s religious views and the imagery already explored in light of his Roman Catholicism. What will be distinct, however, is that the author will reflect on how they relate to, and can deepen their understanding of, Latter-day Saint beliefs. Tenuous links will not be made - the author will address issues as they seem justified. The paper will begin with an exploration of Tolkien’s motivations for writing, and also his religious beliefs. The two intertwine nicely, and provide a justification, if one is necessary, for the use of his work in a religious context. This does not suggest that The Lord of the Rings can be used devotionally, rather that it can point towards greater truth. The remainder of the paper will explore themes from Tolkien’s writings in the Latter-day Saint context explained earlier.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Unpublished conference presentation given at The Return of the Ring - Celebrating Tolkien in 2012 at Loughborough University, 16-20 August 2012.
Issue Date:
17-Aug-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/255055
Additional Links:
http://www.returnofthering.org/index.php
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Description:
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dc.contributor.authorHolt, Jamesen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-10T09:34:36Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-10T09:34:36Z-
dc.date.issued2012-08-17-
dc.identifier.citationUnpublished conference presentation given at The Return of the Ring - Celebrating Tolkien in 2012 at Loughborough University, 16-20 August 2012.en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/255055-
dc.descriptionThis presentation is not available through ChesterRep.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the religious themes evident in some of Tolkien’s writings, most notably The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. The author will utilise existing scholarship on Tolkien’s religious views and the imagery already explored in light of his Roman Catholicism. What will be distinct, however, is that the author will reflect on how they relate to, and can deepen their understanding of, Latter-day Saint beliefs. Tenuous links will not be made - the author will address issues as they seem justified. The paper will begin with an exploration of Tolkien’s motivations for writing, and also his religious beliefs. The two intertwine nicely, and provide a justification, if one is necessary, for the use of his work in a religious context. This does not suggest that The Lord of the Rings can be used devotionally, rather that it can point towards greater truth. The remainder of the paper will explore themes from Tolkien’s writings in the Latter-day Saint context explained earlier.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.returnofthering.org/index.phpen_GB
dc.subjectJ R R Tolkeinen_GB
dc.subjectLatter-day Saintsen_GB
dc.titleA Latter-day Saint reading of Tolkienen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_GB
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