Following Gandalf by Matthew T. Dickerson
Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings

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While the success of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is remarkable, it's certainly no mystery. In a culture where truth is relative and morality is viewed as "old-fashioned," we eagerly welcome the message of these tales: we have free will, our choices matter, and truth can be known. Matthew Dickerson investigates the importance of free will and moral choices in Tolkien's Middle Earth, where moral victory, rather than military success, is the "real" story. He explores Christian themes throughout, including salvation, grace, and judgment. Following Gandalf will delight veteran Tolkien fans and offer new fans an impressive introduction to his major works. Engaging and theologically thought-provoking, it will interest pastors, students, seminarians, and layreaders.
 

About Matthew T. Dickerson

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Matthew T. Dickerson is professor of environmental studies and computer science at Middlebury College, author of "Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien," "Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings "and" The Finnsburg Encounter,""" and coeditor of "From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy,""" "" David O'Hara is assistant professor of philosophy and instructor in classical Greek at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is coeditor of "From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy,"""
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Brazos Press. 240 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As Dickerson moves into the more central, philosophical themes of the books—free will, moral responsibility and ethical absolutes—readers may lose interest, especially when he punctuates discussion of very basic concepts with obscure references from Tolkien's Silmarillion, a work that few will ha...

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Thanks to Peter Jackson’s film-adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Web sites, books and college classes, among other things, have sprung up to assuage the fascination with J.R.R.

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