Brandon Vogt’s giving away two books I’d dearly love to have (yes, I know it’s a random selection of winners, but I’m just sayin’):
- The Lord of the Rings … the one-volume version that I’ve been eying at Amazon over and over (but resolutely NOT buying)
- Tolkien: A Celebration – edited by Joseph Pearce … which is the Pearce book that really caught my eye of the several Brandon listed yesterday.
Brandon’s giveaway ties in with his interesting list yesterday, passed along from Joseph Pearce’s blog. Brandon thoughtfully included covers and descriptions to make it easy for us. Definitely worth perusing if you are at all interested in the subject.
I read the list with interest, since I have been making a list of my own of similar books, thanks to the insights I’ve been gleaning from The Tolkien Professor, whose podcast I recommend highly. (Either click on the course name or go to iTunes to get episodes.) I’ve mentioned this before but Professor Olsen’s comments have really helped open up what Tolkien meant when he said that The Lord of the Rings had a Catholic moral worldview.
Here are a few from my list that weren’t on Brandon’s (or should we say on Joseph Pearce’s). I’m in a huge hurry so won’t be as thoughtful as Brandon, but there are links that will take you to descriptions.
- The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien – after getting to know Flannery O’Connor via The Habit of Being I am now a true believer in reading letters.
- Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” by Corey Olsen – yes, the Tolkien Professor wrote a book.
- On the Shoulders of Hobbits: On the Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis by Louis Markos – forward is by Peter Kreeft, so I trust the book.
My actual list is at home so I may add to this list if I find something not mentioned on either list.