Tolkien 2012

For the 2012 Catholic Literature Series, we chose to revisit J.R.R. Tolkien, an author who has already been featured, but whose incredible talent and influence merit a second look. At first glance, Tolkien may seem a strange subject for a series that normally focuses on introducing undergraduates to Catholic authors of whom they may be unaware. After all, Tolkien’s works have been and continue to be phenomenally popular around the world. Despite this, we have chosen to feature Tolkien because, though most undergraduates are surely at least somewhat familiar with his work, relatively few of them may be aware of the deep influence his Catholic faith had in shaping that work. For this reason, as we join Tolkien fans everywhere in anticipating the release of the upcoming Hobbit movie this December (and the two other Hobbit films currently in the works), we wanted to take the opportunity to examine Tolkien’s work in light of his faith.

Tolkien Videos

Fagerberg on Tolkien and the Inklings

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 
Tolkien's Home: The Inklings, Story-Telling and Romantic Theology 

David O'Connor on Tolkien and Nostalgia

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 
Tolkien and Nostalgia
David O’Connor, University of Notre Dame

Mary Keys on Tolkien's Literary Politics

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
J.R.R. Tolkien's Literary Politics
Mary Keys, University of Notre Dame

Ralph Wood: Tolkien and Catholicism

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Is the Lord of the Rings an Explicitly Catholic Work?
Ralph Wood, Baylor University