Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of

Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of

Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien ❮KINDLE❯ ❆ Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien Author Matthew Dickerson – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 Many readers drawn into and Eriador: MOBI ò the heroic tales of J R R Tolkien s imaginary world of Middle earth have given little conscious thought to the Ents, Elves, PDF \ 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 Elves, and Eriador: Epub Ú 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 peopledThe 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 beliefsThese 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 ignoredDickerson 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.


10 thoughts on “Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. Regitze Regitze says:

    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. Tommye Turner Tommye Turner says:

    A brilliant exploration of Tolkien s legendarium through an ecocritical eye.


  3. Ken Mcafee Ken Mcafee says:

    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 evenif possible and to seek to impact the world around us in apositive way, as he did.


  4. Phillip Phillip says:

    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.


  5. Michael Gerardi Michael Gerardi says:

    I ve made a LOT of notes while reading this book, and will have a review soon.


  6. Silvio Curtis Silvio Curtis says:

    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 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 environmental purpose agriculture, practiced by hobbits horticulture, practiced by Elves and feraculture, practiced by Ents and how Middle Earth is a mosaic of all three Preceding that is a discussion of how Tolkien s real life Christian beliefs motivated his respect for the environment, which helps bring into focus a lot of things that have been nearly invisible to me because of how closely they matched the culture I used to live in For example, the excellent discussion of Gandalfian stewardship sounds as Quaker as anything The picture that emerges of humans tending the earth like a combined farm and garden still strikes me as arrogant and in the long run dangerous, but it s a good sight better than treating the earth like a combined oil well and trash bin, which seems to be the standard attitude nowadays, so I welcome any impact this book might have and I d recommend it to any Tolkien reader with an analytical turn of mind I d been meaning to read this for a long time, since one of the authors teaches in the English and Linguistics programs right here at UGA


  7. Michael Michael says:

    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 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 writing, Dickerson and Evans here shows us, Tolkien established a threefold vision for responsible environmental stewardship the agrarian community of the Shire, the aesthetic, conservationist horticulture of the Elves, and the preservationist feraculture of the Ents Further, the authors demonstrate, through an exploration of Tolkien s own creation myth, how nature is valuable in and of itself and not for any utilitarian purpose and how care and appreciation for the natural world is best supported and engendered by a transcendent and religious worldview such as Tolkien s own Christianity Observantly exploring hidden corners of his writing, and citing the most current names in environmental literature such as Wendell Berry, Norman Wirzba, Aldo Leopold, John Elder, and others, Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans demonstrate how Tolkien s legendarium can serve as an imaginative vision to inspire environmental feeling and action today


  8. Jan Jan says:

    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.


  9. Jacques le fataliste et son maître Jacques le fataliste et son maître says:

    Un tentativo di cogliere la visione ambientale al fondo dell opera di Tolkien Visione ambientale per un termine riduttivo una visione del mondo dell intera creazione nella prospettiva cristiana di Tolkien quella che emerge dalla ricostruzione degli autori Un approccio alla realt segnato da un profondo rispetto per l autonomia e le potenzialit di ogni creatura.


  10. Devon Devon says:

    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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