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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 123 – The Nature of Center-earth


Jan 21, 2022

Carl Hostetter, editor of a brand new quantity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s
unpublished notes, The Nature of Center-earth, joins
the present.

Carl discusses:

  • His collaboration with Christopher Tolkien resulting in this new
  • What different Tolkien writings we’d anticipate to see
  • Why it could be good that Tolkien by no means completed the Silmarillion
    in his lifetime
  • Tolkien’s Thomistic reflections on elvish hylomorphism, and
    different revelations contained within the new ebook
  • How Tolkien’s obsession with consistency practically destroyed his
  • Potential issues with the theology of Center-earth
  • Anti-Catholic bias in up to date Tolkien fandom and


Carl Hostetter, The Nature of

Interview with Jonathan McIntosh about The Flame


Different sources really helpful:

J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth’s Ring, vol. 10 of The
Historical past of Center-earth
, ed. Christopher Tolkien

Jonathan McIntosh, The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St.
Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie

Tom Shippey, The Street to Center-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien
Created a New Mythology

Verlyn Flieger, Splintered Gentle: Logos and Language in
Tolkien’s World

Corey Olsen’s seminars on The Nature of

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