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J.R.R. Tolkien—On Fairy-Stories

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 01, 2023 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“God is the Lord, of angels, and of men—and of elves.

In this 1939 essay, J.R.R. Tolkien expounds upon his personal theory of fantasy. Considered by many to be his most influential scholarly work, the essay is remarkable both as an analysis of a literary form by one of its most important pioneers and as a key to understanding Tolkien’s own legendarium.

This reading is unabridged, with the exception of Tolkien’s footnotes and endnotes.


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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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