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The Battle for Middle-earth Tolkien's Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings by Rutledge Fleming

The Battle for Middle-earth Tolkien's Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings


The Battle for Middle-earth Tolkien's Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings by Rutledge Fleming

J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has long been acknowledged as the gold standard for fantasy fiction, and the recent Oscar-winning movie trilogy has brought forth a whole new generation of fans. Many Tolkien enthusiasts, however, are not aware of the profoundly religious dimension of the great Ring saga. In The Battle for Middle-earth , Fleming Rutledge employs a distinctive technique to uncover the theological currents that lie just under the surface of Tolkien's epic tale. Rutledge believes that the best way to understand this powerful deep narrative is to examine the story as it unfolds, preserving some of its original dramatic tension. This deep narrative has not previously been sufficiently analyzed or celebrated. Writing as an enthusiastic but careful reader, Rutledge draws on Tolkien's extensive correspondence to show how biblical and liturgical motifs shape the action. At the heart of the plot lies a rare glimpse of what human freedom really means within the Divine Plan of God. The Battle for Middle-earth surely will, as Rutledge hopes, give pleasure to those who may already have detected the presence of the sub-narrative, and insight to those who may have missed it on first reading.


Fleming Rutledge writes about the moral and theological life of The Lord of the Rings with immense verve and insight. She inhabits the world of Middle-earth from the inside, linking the characters who play out its cosmic drama with the narrative world of Scripture, showing how they have the power both to illuminate our times and to transform our lives.' - Ralph C Wood

About the Author

Fleming Rutledge, having been a parish priest for more than two decades in New York City and its environs, is now engaged in a nationwide ministry of preaching and teaching. Her other best-selling books have been widely acclaimed across denominational boundaries and have established her reputation as one of America's finest preachers.

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Publication date

2nd March 2005


Rutledge Fleming

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William B Eerdmans Publishing Co


381 pages


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