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Book review: The Philosophy of Tolkien by Peter Kreeft

Peter Kreeft has blown my mind with his book on Philosophy within Tolkien’s works and personal letters. For someone who is not well versed in the terminology of philosophy, this book served to be both a fabulous (and understandable) explanation of what philosophy is, and a deep dwelling on how philosophy impacts the world.

The way that Kreeft highlights certain aspects of the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Similarion, blew me away. I could not put my finger on what drew me deeper into those books until the deeper meanings were laid out for me. The book has inspired me to delve deeper into Tolkien’s works, and also the film adaptations of those works.

I would recommend this book to anybody who would like to know about philosophy OR would like to know more about Tolkien’s world. I also recommend this book as an academic meditation on the Life of Christ.

Spoiler alert: Tolkien was a Catholic and the Lord of the Rings is a Catholic book (even though it is not an allegory).

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November 9, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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