Lord of the Elves and Eldils

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Ignatius Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 273 pages
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Lord of the Elves and Eldils is fascinating look at the fantasy and philosophy of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tokien. The two men were friends and fellow professors at Oxford, renowned Christian thinkers who both "found it necessary to create for the purposes of their fiction other worlds-not utopians or dystopias, but different worlds."
  

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Review: Lord of the elves and eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien

User Review  - Kris - Goodreads

Loved the in-depth look at various aspects of myth and fantasy, and how Lewis and Tolkien put their ideas in practice. A few times his research felt scattered, or lumped together awkwardly in chapters ... Read full review

Review: Lord of the elves and eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien

User Review  - Julie Davis - Goodreads

Beginning this book is the reason I felt the push to finally push myself to read That Hideous Strength (the final one of CS Lewis's "space trilogy). Purtill has an in-depth essay at the back of the ... Read full review

Contents

Why Fantasy?
3
Fantasy and Literature
20
Language Mind and Character
41
Good and Evil in Lewis
63
Good and Evil in Tolkien
85
Religion in Tolkien
105
Religion in Lewis
134
The Baptism of the Imagination
153
The Christian Intellect
168
The Continuing Battle
185
Forerunners and Friends
199
That Hideous Strength A Double Story
209
Did C S Lewis Lose His Faith?
227
A Basic LewisTolkien Bibliography
253
Index
259
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Purtill is emeritus professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

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