The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 101 – The Non-Reactionary Tolkien


Mar 29, 2021

J.R.R. Tolkien is frequently perceived as a reactionary who
utterly rejected the trendy global, and whose literary influences
started and ended with the Heart Ages. Holly Ordway’s new
ebook, Tolkien’s Fashionable Studying: Heart-earth Past the
Heart Ages, 
debunks that view of Tolkien’s lifestyles and

Ordway starts with a useful critique of the resources of this
false impression, particularly the legit biography written by way of
Humphrey Chippie, who admitted his personal bias and want to painting
Tolkien as an uptight fuddy-duddy.

She then proceeds to inspect the works of contemporary literature we
know Tolkien learn, gleaning insights about how he can have been
influenced both by way of acceptance or rejection of what he present in
the ones works. On this interview we center of attention on Tolkien’s studying of the
father of contemporary fable, William Morris, the journey author H.
Rider Haggard, the now-unknown spiritual romance John
, or even literary modernists like James Joyce and
Roy Campbell, and realists like Sinclair Lewis.

Watch this dialog on YouTube:


Tolkien’s Fashionable Studying

Daphne Castell interview with Tolkien

Diana Glyer’s books at the Inklings:

The Corporate They Stay



Probably the most many books loved by way of Tolkien discussed on this

William Morris, The Area of the Wolfings and The
Roots of the Mountains

H. Rider Haggard, She

Joseph Henry Shorthouse, John Inglesant

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Andrew Lang’s fairy story collections

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit books

E.A. Wyke-Smith, The Marvellous Land of Snergs

John Buchan, The Thirty-9 Steps and the opposite
Richard Hannay books

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