About this event
Many people know J. R. R. Tolkien as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Some know that he was a Christian. But few are familiar with the specifics of Tolkien’s faith—baptized as an Anglican in South Africa and raised as a Catholic in England. Fewer still understand his struggle to live out his faith through great personal loss and the tumultuous events of two world wars.
Scholar Holly Ordway, PhD, recently published the definitive work on these subjects, Tolkien’s Faith: A Spiritual Biography. In this talk, she will explore Tolkien’s religious belief and practice against the historical backdrop of his life in twentieth century England. This talk is for all who love the stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, who are curious about the man behind these great works of fantasy, who are interested in the relationship of Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism, or who wish to explore the role of the Christian faith in imagination and artistic creation.
Copies of Tolkien’s Faith will be available for purchase and signing.