Book Reviews author expressly believed would be fatal to the art itself. Tolkien could be explicit about his faith when he wished to be and he did use other means beyond his fiction to honor that faith and his commitment to it. His letters show that; his Epilogue to "On Fairy-stories" shows that. And his letter to Milton Waldman clearly demonstrates that, to make art of the kind he considered worthy of his making, Tolkien believed he should not explicitly inscribe it with the Christian religion as Arthurian legend so fatally did. There is something, of course, beautiful and moving in Tolkien that should not be denied or suppressed. And it is hopeful and satisfying to think that there is a spirit in his fiction that brings readers joy. In this connection, the essays in part three should be commended for showing how Tolkien's own personal inspirations may in turn inspire us as we take on the "new challenges and new horizons" that Thomas Honegger, in his concluding essay, predicts for the field (236). GERALD SEAMAN RIPON COLLEGE RIPON, WISCONSIN Tolkien's Oxford, by Robert S. Blackham. Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2008. 144p. £12.99 (trade paperback) ISBN 9780752447292.
Tolkien Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Jun 14, 2009
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