Hello, Literary Life readers! This January, I invite you to join the conversation as we discuss my book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis. In this book, I seek to revive a more traditional understanding of virtue and vice and of human purpose and dignity by analyzing J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings alongside his friend C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.
In each chapter I take up a single theme (the nature of pilgrimage, facing death, kingship and hierarchy, the virtue of hope, the love that forgives, forbidden fruit) that has been overlooked or dismissed by our age, and then illustrate and embody that theme by making parallel references to Tolkien’s epic fantasy and Lewis’s timeless children novels.
Happy reading and blessings for the journey!