Explore the deeper meanings and hidden allusions of Tolkien's epic trilogy! In this unique interpretation, Rutledge treats the entire narrative, not just isolated themes, to show how Tolkien communicates a powerful vision of unseen divine design at work through flawed characters who struggle with the meaning of freedom and abuse of power. Lively and engaging! 336 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
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Review 1 for The Battle for Middle Earth: A Theological Narrative of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
Date:February 6, 2008
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 job at pulling out Tolkien's orthodoxy and theology in light of events, characters, places, language, and history in a very eloquent fashion. This is a must have for any LOTR fan who desires to have a resource handy that will help you unlock the door to the Christianity infused into Tolkien's masterpiece.