In addition to being a professor, master of language and myth, and a loving husband and father, J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Christian. He saw the Gospel of Christianity as myth come true within human history and all great stories in the world as reflecting elements of this truth. His love of these, and his Christian faith, flowed into his work, mingling to create a great work of beauty for all to enjoy.
The Lord of the Rings can be read from many perspectives, offering a rich experience for both Christians and non-Christians alike. Echoes of Truth: Christianity in The Lord of the Rings explores the Gospel, Christian themes, and Biblical archetypes in J.R.R. Tolkien’s great masterpiece, with a strong focus on the author’s exacting language, along with commentary from his letters and interviews. Divided into two parts, the first half covers topics such as providence, spiritual reality, good and evil, life and death, love and friendship, sacrifice, pity, and temptation. Part two addresses Christian typology, explaining how characters, places and events in The Lord of the Rings are similar to certain types found in the Bible, and illuminates how this offers greater insight into the influences behind Tolkien’s sub-creation.
The Collector's Edition illustrated by Elaina Olga is also available.
Echoes of Truth: Christianity in The Lord of the Rings
5* "As a lifelong LOTR fan, I was always aware of Tolkien’s love of myth, Christianity, and language. Echoes of Truth neatly and masterfully encapsulates how Tolkien not only incorporated, but explored how Christian thought permeates his works. Michael Haldas has done his research and articulates his points exceedingly well. Elaina Olga’s illustrations are captivating." By Dino Constantine on Amazon.com
5* "I thoroughly enjoyed Echoes of Truth: Christianity in The Lord of the Rings. The author's deep insights into Tolkien's works provide a clear window to see the Christianity that stands behind Middle Earth, and more specifically the sacramental worldview found there. A wonderful book!" By Mark E Fisher on Amazon.com
"I believe that this book connects The Lord of the Rings very well with the Christian point of view, so I think it is a good reference point for younger generation, due to the popularity of the Tolkien's works." Boris T.
"It's a terrific read. Even if you are a fledgling Tolkien fan like me, the book is easy to read and the concepts accessible." Benjamin H.