|The new edition's cove--not as pretty as mine.|
InterLibrary Loan is my friend this month, and I've been reading 3 at once. First to the finish line was this very lovely book by Stratford Caldecott--I am having a Caldecott party lately, since I just read his Beauty for Truth's Sake and just got Beauty in the Word a couple of days ago--and this is an older book, all about Tolkien and not education. That sentence kind of got away from me there...
If you're interested in how Tolkien's faith informed his work, and especially in how his Catholicism comes out in his books, this is the book to read. There are several books like this actually; I've enjoyed one or two before, but Caldecott points out a lot of things I hadn't run into before. It was really enjoyable to read, too (although the font used in the edition I read was a little annoying. There is now a second edition, and while the cover illustration leaves something to be desired in my opinion, maybe the font is better!).
Now I'm really in the mood to read LOTR again. It's been a very long time for me, unless you count when my husband read the whole thing aloud to our kids a year or so ago, but I didn't listen all the time. Does anybody want to do a readalong?
If you read it, be sure to check out the appendices as well. There's some good stuff in there, and also a short analysis of the film trilogy if you're interested.