The Catholic Culture Podcast: 123 – The Nature of Middle-earth

Jan 21, 2022

Carl Hostetter, editor of a new volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s
unpublished notes, The Nature of Middle-earth, joins
the show.

Carl discusses:

  • His collaboration with Christopher Tolkien leading to this new
  • What other Tolkien writings we might expect to see
  • Why it may be good that Tolkien never finished the Silmarillion
    in his lifetime
  • Tolkien’s Thomistic reflections on elvish hylomorphism, and
    other revelations contained in the new book
  • How Tolkien’s obsession with consistency nearly destroyed his
  • Potential problems with the theology of Middle-earth
  • Anti-Catholic bias in contemporary Tolkien fandom and


Carl Hostetter, The Nature of

Interview with Jonathan McIntosh about The Flame

Other resources recommended:

J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth’s Ring, vol. 10 of The
History of Middle-earth
, ed. Christopher Tolkien

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

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

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

Corey Olsen’s seminars on The Nature of

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