See this online text:
- “Tolkien’s Catholic Imagination: Mediation and Tradition”, by Thomas W. Smith, Religion & Literature, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer, 2006), pp. 73-100. Posted by Thomas Smith at Academia.edu.
Likewise, view or hear these media concerning Tolkien’s secondary creation:
- “Christian Themes in ‘Lord of the Rings’ – Biola University Chapel”, by Dr. Peter Kreeft. Lecture delivered on November 18, 2013. The video of the lecture is available at Youtube (published on Jan 7, 2014).
- “J.R.R. Tolkien discussing The Lord of the Rings (1960s Interview)”. The video is available on this page of Youtube (published on Aug 27, 2015).
- “J.R.R. Tolkien, Master Evangelist”, by Bishop Robert Barron. The video is available on this page of the Youtube channel of Bishop Robert Barron (published on May 27, 2019).
- “JRR Tolkien and True Fairy Tales w Fr Longenecker (Dr Marshall #185)”, by Dr. Taylor Marshall and Fr. Dwight Longenecker. The video is available on this page of the Youtube page of Dr Taylor Marshall (premiered Nov 30, 2018).
- “Peter Kreeft – Lord of the Rings: Beauty and Language”, by Dr. Peter Kreeft. The video is available at Youtube (published on March 6, 2012).
- “Tolkien’s Leaf”, by Fr. Mike Schmitz. The video is available on this page (Published on Oct 25, 2017) at the Youtube channel Ascension Presents.
- “Unlocking the Catholicism of ‘The Lord of the Rings’”, by Joseph Pearce. Public lecture delivered at Christendom College on 30 March 2015.
- The video of the lecture is available on this page (published on Apr 7, 2015) of the Youtube channel ChristendomTube (embedded on this page of Christendom Media).
- The audio is available on this page at Catholic Audio; at Soundcloud (embedded on this page of Christendom Media); and at the iTunes, included in the compilation Major Speaker Program by Christendom College (linked by this page of Christendom College, which has a summary of the lecture).
See also these texts concerning Tolkien and his legendarium:
- “‘Grace of the Valar’: The Lord of the Rings Movie”, by Stratford Caldecott, Communio, vol. 35, no. 1 (Spring 2008): pp. 151-160. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “Heroic Virtue in Newman’s Callista and Tolkien’s Frodo”, by Father Nicholas J. Rouch, S.T.D. Notes for a lecture delivered at the Fordham University Forum “Newman and Tolkien: Using Literary Genius for the Catholic Faith” at the Fordham University (Lincoln Center Campus), New York City on February 20, 2012. May be read online at Yumpu (uploaded by the International Centre of Newman Friends).
- “J.R.R. Tolkien: Lover of the Logos”, by Mark Sebanc, Communio, vol. 20, no. 1 (Spring, 1993): pp. 84-106. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sacramental World”, by Andrew Preslar. In 3 parts at Called to Communion: 1st, “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sacramental World, Part One: Memory (Nov 30th, 2009); 2nd, “Tolkien on Death and Eucatastrophe (Commemoration of the Holy Innocents) (Dec 28th, 2009); 3rd, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sacramental World, Part Three: Language (Aug 30th, 2010).
- “New Words for Ecclesiology: Newman and Tolkien”, by Dr. John Ryle Kezel. Lecture delivered at the Fordham University Forum “Newman and Tolkien: Using Literary Genius for the Catholic Faith” at the Fordham University (Lincoln Center Campus), New York City on February 20, 2012. Available in pdf format (on this page) at International Centre of Newman Friends. [N.B., The name of the author is not in the text, and was ascertained from this page after an online search. Correction on this point, if any, would be appreciated.]
- “The Renaissance of Natural Law: Tolkien, Fantasy, and Video Games”, by Edward Castronova (September 18, 2012). Available in pdf format at the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) through this link.
- “’Surely You Don’t Disbelieve’: Tolkien and Pius X: Anti-Modernism in Middle-Earth”, by A. R. Bossert, Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, Vol. 25, No. 1, Article 5 (2006). Available in pdf format at Mythlore.
- Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle Earth, by Craig Bernthal (Angelico Press/ Second Spring Books, 2014). May be purchased through this page of Angelico Press (linked by this page of Second Spring). Two preview sections are available at Christendom Awake: Introduction, “Light From an Invisible Lamp”; and Chapter 1, “J. R. R. Tolkien, Catholic Novelist”.
- “Tolkien’s The Silmarillion: A Reexamination of Providence”, by David C. Powell, August 2009 (© David C. Powell). Masteral Thesis for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University. Available in pdf format at the Florida Atlantic University Digital Library
- “True Myth: Tolkien’s Catholic Imagination”, by Aldean B. Hendrickson. According to the text: “This paper was originally delivered 8 February 2011 as part of the Ottawa ‘Theology On Tap’ lecture series”. Posted by Aldean Hendrickson at Academia.edu.
- “Voices in Tolkien: Aquinas, The Lord of the Rings, and True Myth in the Twenty-First Century”, by Allen Barry Robertson, April 2017 (© Allen Barry Robertson, 2017). Masteral Thesis (Theology and Religious Studies) in Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Arts. Available in pdf format at Saint Mary’s University.
- “’What punishments of God are not gifts?’ The meaning of suffering in Tolkien’s life and work”, by Martina Juričková, Ars Aeterna, vol. 10, issue 2. Available in pdf format at Sciendo (published online 14 February 2019).
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- Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.
(J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Road Goes Ever On“)