Saturday, August 6, 2022
HomeCultureThe Catholic Tradition Podcast: 101 - The Non-Reactionary Tolkien

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

Mar 29, 2021

J.R.R. Tolkien is often perceived as a reactionary who
completely rejected the trendy world, and whose literary influences
started and ended with the Center Ages. Holly Ordway’s new
e-book, Tolkien’s Fashionable Studying: Center-earth Past the
Center Ages, 
debunks that view of Tolkien’s life and

Ordway begins with a useful critique of the sources of this
false impression, particularly the official biography written by
Humphrey Carpenter, who admitted his personal bias and need to painting
Tolkien as an uptight fuddy-duddy.

She then proceeds to look at the works of recent literature we
know Tolkien learn, gleaning insights about how he could have been
influenced both by acceptance or rejection of what he present in
these works. On this interview we concentrate on Tolkien’s studying of the
father of recent fantasy, William Morris, the journey author H.
Rider Haggard, the now-unknown spiritual romance John
, and 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 on the Inklings:

The Firm They Preserve



A few of the many books loved by Tolkien talked about on this

William Morris, The Home 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

This podcast is a manufacturing of For those who like
the present, please take into account supporting us!



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments