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123 – The Nature of Center-earth – Carl Hostetter


Carl Hostetter, editor of a brand new quantity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s unpublished notes, The Nature of Center-earth, joins the present.

Carl discusses:

  • His collaboration with Christopher Tolkien resulting in this new quantity
  • What different Tolkien writings we’d count on to see printed
  • Why it could be good that Tolkien by no means completed the Silmarillion in his lifetime
  • Tolkien’s Thomistic reflections on elvish hylomorphism, and different revelations contained within the new ebook
  • How Tolkien’s obsession with consistency practically destroyed his legendarium
  • Potential issues with the theology of Center-earth
  • Anti-Catholic bias in up to date Tolkien fandom and scholarship


Carl Hostetter, The Nature of Center-earth

Interview with Jonathan McIntosh about The Flame Imperishable

Different sources really useful:

J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth’s Ring, vol. 10 of The Historical past of Center-earth, ed. Christopher Tolkien

Jonathan McIntosh, The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie

Tom Shippey, The Highway to Center-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology

Verlyn Flieger, Splintered Gentle: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World

Corey Olsen’s seminars on The Nature of Center-earth

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