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The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings [Paperback]

By Stratford Caldecott (Author)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   The Crossroad Publishing Company
ISBN  082452277X  
EAN  9780824522773  

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J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord Of The Rings, often said that his great mythic saga made no sense without the rich Catholic faith and imagery at its heart. In The Power Of The Ring, the author offers the first definitive book on this key to understanding the themes of quest, love , devotion, forgiveness, and healing.

Publishers Description
The spiritual intensity of "The Lord of the Rings" is obvious to anyone who has read the trilogy or watched the films by Peter Jackson. Yet the majority of fans are still not aware that the authors was a devout Roman Catholic. In this book Stratford Caldecott reveals the deeper meanings of the text and films, drawing not only on the classic published works but also on Tolkien's writings unpublished during his lifetime.

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More About Stratford Caldecott

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stratford Caldecott (1954-2014) was the editor of Second Spring (, directed the Centre for Faith and Culture in Oxford for the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, and served as a Research Fellow at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford. He received his MA from the University of Oxford and authored several books of theological reflection and cultural analysis.

Stratford Caldecott has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Renewing the Liturgical Movement

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One of the best (Catholic) readings of Tolkien  Apr 12, 2008
This book contains profound insights into the theology and spirituality in Tolkien's books. Caldecott gives the background of Tolkien's personality, letters, excerpts from other writings in order to provide a clear picture of what's at work in the Lord of the Rings. The chapter "Behind the Stars" is among the deepest commentaries on JRRT's work as a whole.
Very fine. Definitely worth owning.
A Powerful Book  Feb 25, 2006
I was more than pleasantly surprised at Stratford Caldecott's The Power of the Ring. I began reading the book in order to become more formally knowledgeable about opinions surrounding Tolkien's vast work, and I finished reading the book for pure pleasure. Caldecott takes the reader through specific aspects of Tolkien's world in relation to Christian, and more specifically Roman Catholic, beliefs. He discusses not only themes in The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, but also the Silmarillion and other Tolkien essays as well. However, even the reader who is not necessarily familiar with the less-familiar Tolkien works will find this book accesible and an enlightening read. Caldecott does a superb job of not assuming the reader has absolute knowledge of Tolkien's work while still avoiding summarizing. He provides a perfect blend of Tolkien's own statements, ideas from some of Tolkien's good friends, textual evidence and personal theory to demonstrate Tolkien's more subtle themes surrounding light, death, imagination, etc. that Tolkien perhaps wanted to make in his work. I have gained a deeper understanding of and greater aprreciation for Middle Earth through the reading of this book. Any reader interested in learning more about Tolkien and his own thoughts on his series should consider reading this book, even if a person does not have Christian beliefs. The book will simply allow one to look deeper into Middle Earth and realize there is a lot more present in the many threads that may be sited upon a first, or even fifth reading.

Also, Caldecott provides a relatively short and yet intriguing review of the Peter Jackson films which was fascinating and also a good read for people interested in motivation behind certain film decisions.

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