Shown Left Top: Finding God in Lord of the Rings
Author: Kurt Bruner & Jim Warl
Shown Left Bottom: The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien's Divine Design in "The Lord of the Rings"
Eerdmans Pub Co
Paperback , 380pp
Rutledge, an Episcopal priest, examines Tolkein's magnum opus and there finds God, unnamed, unseen, but nevertheless ever-present. Rather than working from isolated themes and characters, she analyzes the
narrative in its purest form, which Tolkien hinted contained all his logic and also his faith. From this perspective, and from evidence of Tolkien's biblical bent, Rutledge finds The Lord of the Rigns contains a
divine plan, executed by creatures with all their blots and blemishes, who struggle with the possibility of power but in the final analysis actually seek and, in some cases, find redemption. Rutledge works almost
entirely from the original literature and some of Tolkien's letters and therefore does not need to offer more than a three-book bibliography, but the inclusion of an index would be helpful.