Ents Elves and Eriador The Environmental Vision of J R R Tolkien Many readers drawn into the heroic tales of J R R Tolkien s imaginary world of Middle earth have given little conscious thought to the importance of the land itself in his stories or to the vital role

  • Title: Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Author: Matthew Dickerson Jonathan Evans John Elder Tom Shippey
  • ISBN: 9780813124186
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Many readers drawn into the heroic tales of J R R Tolkien s imaginary world of Middle earth have given little conscious thought to the importance of the land itself in his stories or to the vital roles played by the flora and fauna of that land As a result, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion are rarely considered to be works of environmental literaMany readers drawn into the heroic tales of J R R Tolkien s imaginary world of Middle earth have given little conscious thought to the importance of the land itself in his stories or to the vital roles played by the flora and fauna of that land As a result, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion are rarely considered to be works of environmental literature or mentioned together with such authors as John Muir, Rachel Carson, or Aldo Leopold Tolkien s works do not express an activist agenda instead, his environmentalism is expressed in the form of literary fiction Nonetheless, Tolkien s vision of nature is as passionate and has had as profound an influence on his readers as that of many contemporary environmental writers The burgeoning field of agrarianism provides new insights into Tolkien s view of the natural world and environmental responsibility In Ents, Elves, and Eriador, Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans show how Tolkien anticipated some of the tenets of modern environmentalism in the imagined world of Middle earth and the races with which it is peopled.The philosophical foundations that define Tolkien s environmentalism, as well as the practical outworking of these philosophies, are found throughout his work Agrarianism is evident in the pastoral lifestyle and sustainable agriculture of the Hobbits, as they harmoniously cultivate the land for food and goods The Elves practice aesthetic, sustainable horticulture as they shape their forest environs into an elaborate garden To complete Tolkien s vision, the Ents of Fangorn Forest represent what Dickerson and Evans label feraculture, which seeks to preserve wilderness in its natural form Unlike the Entwives, who are described as cultivating food in tame gardens, the Ents risk eventual extinction for their beliefs.These ecological philosophies reflect an aspect of Christian stewardship rooted in Tolkien s Catholic faith Dickerson and Evans define it as stewardship of the kind modeled by Gandalf, a stewardship that nurtures the land rather than exploiting its life sustaining capacities to the point of exhaustion Gandalfian stewardship is at odds with the forces of greed exemplified by Sauron and Saruman, who, with their lust for power, ruin the land they inhabit, serving as a dire warning of what comes to pass when stewardly care is corrupted or ignored.Dickerson and Evans examine Tolkien s major works as well as his lesser known stories and essays, comparing his writing to that of the most important naturalists of the past century A vital contribution to environmental literature and an essential addition to Tolkien scholarship, Ents, Elves, and Eriador offers both Tolkien fans and environmentalists an understanding of Middle earth that has profound implications for environmental stewardship in the present and the future of our own world.

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    One thought on “Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien”

    1. This book made me want to focus my thesis solely i the environmental issues in Lord of the Rings. But I think that might be too much of a rip-off of this book. However, it presents some really interesting and great points that I want to include in my thesis.

    2. Any serious fan of Tolkien should read this book. No doubt, even as Tolkien sought to tell stories with his books, he also sought to teach us, and we would do well to heed what he had to say. Understanding Tolkien's environmental vision should drive us to treasure Tolkien even more (if possible) and to seek to impact the world around us in a more positive way, as he did.

    3. This is my 3rd time to read this book. It is wonderful stuff. I actually give it a 4.5 it is just short of being amazing as 5 stars would make it. I am rereading it to prepare for writing a conference paper.

    4. Really unique idea: a book on how to use Tolkien's writings as an inspiration for your environmental conscience. The authors have a refreshingly clear understanding and respect for the Tolkienian distinction between allegory and applicability. They give plenty of original analysis of how environmental themes work within the books, concentrating on The Lord of the Rings but without ignoring The Silmarillion and shorter works. The biggest finding is a distinction between three different models of [...]

    5. Often noted as one of the most popular writers of the 20th century, Tolkien is well known for his textured, epic sagas infused with a transcendent mythic quality sorely missed in modern literature. But he is not often recognized for a thing which is exceedingly obvious to anyone who has read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, or The Silmarillion: his all-pervading love of green and growing things. Tolkien was an environmentalist before there was an environmentalism movement. In the body of his w [...]

    6. A study of environmental fiction that extrapolates Tolkien's environmental ethics from his works, proving how relevant to the contemporary environmental crisis his masterpieces can still be. Argues essentially that Tolkien had consciously integrated a Christian ecological approach in his work, as well as the potency of fairy tales and mythology in shaping the reader's understanding of our relationship with the natural world. Strongly recommended.

    7. Un tentativo di cogliere la visione ambientale al fondo dell’opera di Tolkien. “Visione ambientale” è però un termine riduttivo: è una visione del mondo – dell’intera creazione nella prospettiva cristiana di Tolkien – quella che emerge dalla ricostruzione degli autori. Un approccio alla realtà segnato da un profondo rispetto per l’autonomia e le potenzialità di ogni creatura.

    8. Ya gotta love any book that lists you by name in the acknowledgmentsbut aside from that I really did enjoy this bit o criticism by my esteemed friend/mentor/professor Matt Dickerson. A must-read for all Tolkien enthusiasts.

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