The new issue of the St. Austin Review is a theme issue dedicated to the author of The Lord of the Rings. Highlights include: 

William Randall Lancaster on “Rings of Fellowship: Friendship and J. R. R. Tolkien”.

Daniel Hubin surveys “The Long Defeat: Tolkien and the Christian Vision of History”.

Timothy D. Lusch sees “Anglo-Saxon Spirituality in the Imaginative Realm of J. R. R. Tolkien”.

Stephen Brady discusses “Tolkien and the Welsh Language”.

Ana Rowan compares “Wilde and Tolkien on Fairy Stories”.

Jason Waskovich finds “Fantastic Parallels in Oscar Wilde and J. R. R. Tolkien”.

Mina Milburn succumbs to “The Lure of Fantastic Worlds”.

Michael Kurek discovers “The Return of the Reader” in The Lord of the Rings.

Florian Athanasius Covington goes entish in “A Tree’s Dream”.

Bradley J. Birzer has an inkling of “Tolkien’s Barfieldian Romanticism”.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker waxes sacramental on “Tolkien, Flannery O’Connor and the Mass”.

Ken Clark admires the symbolism in “Rubens’ Samson and Delilah”.

K. V. Turley ponders “Orson Welles’Macbeth”.

Susan Treacy discerns “Death, Desire and Faith” in an opera by Korngold.

Manuel Alfonseca delves into “Atheism, Theism and Science”.

Donald DeMarco reminisces in “Carnegie Hall: A Memoir”.

John Beaumont pays tribute to “Dom Bede Camm: Convert and Great Promoter of Martyrs”.

Fr. Benedict Kiely stands on “The Firm Feet of Humility”.

Elizabeth Phamm seeks “A Merrier World”.

Louis Markos reviews Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J. R. R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy.

Marie Dudzik reviews, The Lighthouse, Michael D. O’Brien’s latest novel.

Billy Middleton reviews Delta Tears, a new volume of poems by Philip C. Kolin.

Plus new poetry by Trevor Lipscombe and Denise Sobilo.