168—Tolkien’s Hard-Won Faith—Holly Ordway
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Holly Ordway continues to break new ground in Tolkien scholarship with her latest book, Tolkien’s Faith: A Spiritual Biography. This work sheds important light on the experience of Catholics like Tolkien and his mother in the hostile Anglican establishment of their time, on the crucial influence of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri on the young Tolkien, and more. Holly returns to the podcast to discuss these and other topics, such as:
- Should Tolkien be canonized?
- His practice of his faith in the first world war
- His struggles with his faith and in his marriage
- The secret initial in Tolkien’s name
- Was Tolkien a trad?
Tolkien’s Faith: A Spiritual Biography https://bookstore.wordonfire.org/products/tolkiens-faith
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