The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien

The July/August issue of the St. Austin Review is at the printer. This issue’s theme is “The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien”, lavishly illustrated throughout with the Tolkien themed paintings of the late Jef Murray. Highlights:

Nicholas Senz reveals “The Evangelical Counsels in The Lord of the Rings

David Rozema illumines “Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision”

Stephen Brady looks at “Magic in Middle-Earth: Tolkien’s Catholic Condemnation of the Occult”

Michael Hageböck interviews author John Garth on “Tolkien & the Great War”

Daniel Bennett confesses his indebtedness to JRRT in “Tolkien and My Conversion”

Anne Marie Gazzolo surveys “Middle-Earth’s Perilous Treasures”

Stephen Mirarchi grapples with “Intellect, Will and Assent in The Lord of the Rings

Fr. Dwight Longenecker compares “Eustace, Smaug and Gordon Gecko”

Kevin O’Brien warms to “Friendship in the Life and Work of Tolkien and Lewis”

Susan Treacy goes “Back to Bach with Dorothy L. Sayers”

Fr. Benedict Kiely finds “A Light in Dark Places”

James Bemis admires Federico Fellini’s classic film, La Strada

Donald DeMarco muses on “Our Last Words”

Louis Markos review Tolkien among the Moderns by Ralph C. Wood

Jason Waskovich reviews A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Loconte

David Rozema reviews Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Rings by Anne Marie Gazzolo

Hannah DeRocher reviews new books of poetry by Annabelle Moseley and James Matthew Wilson

Plus two new Tolkien-themed poems: “Arda” by Brendan D. King and “Rivendell” by Pavel Chichikov   

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Joseph Pearce
Joseph Pearce is a Catholic author and biographer who has written about subjects as various as GK Chesterton, economics, and Shakespeare. His latest book, Race with the Devil, chronicles his conversion from racial hatred to Catholicism. He is also the Director of the Center for Faith & Culture and Writer-in-Residence at Aquinas College in Nashville as well as the editor of St. Austin Review.

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