The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien's Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Nov 4, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 373 pages
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J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has long been acknowledged as the gold standard for fantasy fiction, and the recent Oscar-winning movie trilogy has brought forth a whole new generation of fans. Many Tolkien enthusiasts, however, are not aware of the profoundly religious dimension of the great Ring saga.

In The Battle for Middle-earth Fleming Rutledge employs a distinctive technique to uncover the theological currents that lie just under the surface of Tolkien's epic tale. Rutledge believes that the best way to understand this powerful "deep narrative" is to examine the story as it unfolds, preserving some of its original dramatic tension. This deep narrative has not previously been sufficiently analyzed or celebrated. Writing as an enthusiastic but careful reader, Rutledge draws on Tolkien's extensive correspondence to show how biblical and liturgical motifs shape the action. At the heart of the plot lies a rare glimpse of what human freedom really means within the Divine Plan of God. The Battle for Middle-earth surely will, as Rutledge hopes, "give pleasure to those who may already have detected the presence of the sub-narrative, and insight to those who may have missed it on first reading."
 

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Review: The Battle for Middle Earth: A Theological Narrative of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

User Review  - Billy - Christianbook.com

Drawing extensively from Tolkien's own letters and comments, Rutledge does a magnificent job constructing a thorough and easily accessible "commentary" on the LOTR and The Hobbit. She does an amazing ... Read full review

The battle for middle-earth: Tolkien's divine design in the Lord of the rings

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Although her entry into the "Christian reflections on Tolkien" category comes a bit late to catch the height of the popularity wave, Rutledge (speaker, Episcopal priest and author of The Bible and The ... Read full review

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Contents

The Hobbit
21
The Ring Sets Out
47
The Ring Goes South
89
The Treason of Isengard
147
The Ring Goes East
195
The War of the Ring
239
The End of the Third Age
321
Acknowledgments
373
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Page 40 - Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

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Fleming Rutledge, having been a parish priest for more than two decades in New York City and its environs, is now engaged in a nationwide ministry of preaching and teaching. Her other best-selling books have been widely acclaimed across denominational boundaries and have established her reputation as one of America's finest preachers.

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