Christian History takes a look, in this issue, at how Tolkien influenced culture and what the influences in his life were. How his Catholicism and friendship with C.S. Lewis influenced what he wrote about Hobbits, dragons, and overcoming great evil. This issue takes the time to examine many areas of the life of the man who created the 20th Century's greatest Myth.
- Tolkien: Man Behind the Myth
At odds with his age, he created another
- Good and Evil in Middle-earth
The characters are Mythic, but the epic sweeps across a Christian moral landscape.
- Meeting Professor Tolkien
An American professor spent a summer with Tolkien. He remembers the man, his faith, and his writings.
- The Christian Humanists
Tolkien joined these authors in countering the decadence of a dark century.
- One Truth, Many Tales
How did Tolkien's approach to writing for a secularizing world compare with those of his contemporaries?
- Sacramental Imagination
Catholicism anchored Tolkien's life and suffused his writings.
- Gallery: The Inklings
Tolkien relished his weekly meetings with this club of remarkable friends.
- Tollers and Jack
Tolkien and Lewis made an odd couple, but they contributed profoundly to each other's work.
- Hobbits and Englismen
His were small people surmounting impossible odds.
- Father of Epic Fantasy
Scores of authors have paid Tolkien the highest homage—imitation.
- An Unexpected Party
Tolkien found himself, in the 1960s, hosting a growing American fan club.