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Secret Fire: The Spiritual Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

This article is about a book by Stratford Caldecott. For the mysterious power in the legendarium, see Secret Fire.
Secret Fire: The Spiritual Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien
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AuthorStratford Caldecott
PublisherLondon: Darton, Longman and Todd
Released10 November 2003[1]

Secret Fire: The Spiritual Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien is an analysis of the works J.R.R. Tolkien. A revised and expanded edition was published under the name The Power of the Ring.

[edit] Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Monsters and Critics
  • 1. The Tree of Tales
    • The Hall of Fire
    • Going 'Inside Language'
    • The Notion Club
    • Tree and Leaf
  • 2. A Very Great Story
    • The Hobbit: There and Back Again
    • The Lord of the Rings
    • The Triumph of Mercy
    • The Return of the King
    • The Scouring of the Shire
    • The Ring Today
  • 3. A Hidden Presence: Tolkien's Catholicism
    • The Order of Grace
    • Star of the Sea
    • Lady Day
    • A Sacramental Universe
    • Marriage
    • The Heart of a Child
  • 4. Let These Things Be
    • The Music of Meaning
    • The Gods of Middle-Earth
    • Ages of Light and Darkness
    • Death and Immortality
  • 5. Behind the Stars
    • Elvish Aesthetics
    • Coming Home
    • The Healing of Arda
    • The Secret Fire
  • Conclusion: Tolkien's Achievement
  • Appendices
    • An Archetypal Journey: Tolkien and Jung
    • Tolkien's Social Philosophy
    • The Shadow of King Arthur
    • Myths Transformed
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Index


  1. "Secret Fire: The Spiritual Vision of J R R Tolkien", (accessed 15 April 2012)