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Un-Splintering the Refracted Light: Tolkien, Mythology, and the Old Testament
When making a lyrical defense of the human act of myth-making in his poem "Mythopoeia," J.R.R. Tolkien explicitly references biblical stories and concepts, citing the ancient Hebrew story of Noah alongside the ancient Greek story of Circe. This talk by Joel D. Ruark suggests that Tolkien's mode of mythological thought is actually derived from the Scriptures, especially the Old Testament, and explores how Tolkien works out in his legendarium some of these metaphysical ideas by his use of the metaphor of "splintered Light"— a metaphor not only mythological and philosophical, but also profoundly theological.

Co-sponsored by the Marion E. Wade Center and the Wheaton College Tolkien Society.

Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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