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Theological English Bibliography



Anderson, Douglas A. & Marjorie J. Burns, eds. On Tolkien: Interviews, Reminiscences and Other Essays. Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Carpenter, Humphrey
, J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography.  Rev. ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Garth, John. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Grotta-Kurska, Daniel
, J. R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1976.
White, Michael
, J. R. R. Tolkien. Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books, 2002.

 Reference Works

Blackwelder, Richard, A Tolkien Thesaurus. New York: Garland, 1990.
, Colin, The J. R. R. Tolkien Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to his Life, Writings and World of Middleearth. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992.
, Karen Wynn, The Atlas of Middle-earth. Rev. ed. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1991.
, Robert, The Complete Guide to Middleearth; From the Hobbit to the Silmarillion. New York: Ballantine, 1978.
, Greg, The Origins of Tolkien’s Middle-earth for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2003.
, Judith A., J. R. R. Tolkien: Six Decades of Criticism. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1986. [An annotated bibliography]
, Christina & Hammond, Wayne G., The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. [1. Reader’s Guide.—2. Chronology]
, Brian & Howe, John. The Maps of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Mythopoeic Press, 2005.
, J. E. A., The New Tolkien Companion. New York: St. Martin's, 1979.

Linguistic & Philological Studies

Allen, Jim. An Introduction to Elvish. Rome, Somerset, Eng.: Bran’s Head, 1978.
Gilliver, Peter. Jeremy Marshall, Edmund Weiner,
The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
, Ruth S., The Languages of Middle-earth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980.
, David. A Gateway to Sindarin. University of Utah Press, 2004.

 General Studies

Battarbee, K. J. (ed.) Scholarship and Fantasy: Proceedings of the Tolkien Phenomenon (May 1992 Turku, Finland) University of Turku, 1993.
, Bradley J., J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2002.
, Jane. Tolkien’s Art: A Mythology for England. Rev. ed. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.
, Jane (ed.) Tolkien and the Invention of Myth: A Reader. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004.
, Jane (ed.) Tolkien the Medievalist. London: Routledge, 2003.
, Jane & Alfred K. Siewers (eds.) Tolkien’s Modern Middle Ages. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
, George & Timmons, Daniel (eds.) J. R. R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances: Views of Middle Earth. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000.
, Katharyn W., J.R.R. Tolkien. Rev. & expanded ed. New York: Continuum, 1988.
, Patrick. Defending Middle-earth: Tolkien, Myth and Modernity. New York: St. Martin’s, 1997.
A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie. Kent State University Press, 1997.
Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World, Rev. ed. Kent State University Press, 2002.
, Verlyn. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology. Kent State University Press, 2005.
, Verlyn & Carl F. Hostetter (eds.) Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on the History of Middle-earth.
, Robert (ed.) J. R. R. Tolkien: This Far Land. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble, 1983.
, Christopher. Recovery and Transcendence for the Contemporary Mythmaker: The Spiritual Dimension in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 2004.
, Thomas (ed.) Reconsidering Tolkien. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 2005.
, Thomas (ed.) Root and Branch: Approaches towards Understanding Tolkien. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 1999.
, Thomas (ed.) Tolkien in Translation. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 2003.
, Thomas (ed.) Translating Tolkien: Text and Film. Zurich, SZ: Walking Tree, 2004.
, Neil & Zimbardo, Rose (eds.) Tolkien and the Critics. University of Notre Dame Press, 1968.
, Neil & Zimbardo, Rose (eds.) Tolkien: New Critical Perspectives. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1981.
, Paul H., Master of Middle earth: The Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972.
, Stuart & Solopova, Elizabeth. The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. Tolkien. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
, Alex & Currie, Elizabeth. The Uncharted Realms of Tolkien: A Critical Study of the Text, Context, and Subtext in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Weston Rhyn, UK: Medea Publishing, 2002.
, Jared (ed.) A Tolkien Compass. 2nd ed. Chicago: Open Court, 2003.
, Joseph. Tolkien: Man and Myth. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1998.
, Joseph (ed.) Tolkien: A Celebration. Collected Writings on a Literary Legacy. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999.
, Brian. Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon. New York: Macmillan, 2003.
, Deborah W. & Ivor A. Rogers, J. R. R. Tolkien. Boston: Twayne, 1980.
, Mary & Farrell, Robert (eds.) J. R. R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller: Essays in Memoriam. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1979.
, T. A., The Road to Middle-earth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983.
, T. A., J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
, Ralph C., The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

 The Hobbit

Anderson, Douglas A., ed. The Annotated Hobbit. Rev. ed. Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
Atherton, Mark. There and Back Again: J R R Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit. Rev. ed. Taurus, 2014.
Caughey, Anna. “The Hero’s Journey.” In A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
Chance, Jane. “Tolkien’s Hybrid Mythology.” In The Hobbit and Tolkien’s Mythology. Ed. Bradford E. Eden. McFarland & Co., 2014.
Eden, Bradford Lee, ed. The Hobbit and Tolkien’s Mythology. McFarland & Co., 2014.
, Elisa. “’The Love of Beautiful Things’: Norse Mythology and Greed in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit,” in “Curious, if True”: The Fantastic in Literature, edited by Amy Bright. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
, Olson,. Exploring J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
, William H.. The Hobbit: A Journey into Maturity. New York: Twayne, 1995.
Pearce, Joseph. Bilbo's Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of the Hobbit. St Benedict’s Press, 2012.
Purtill, Richard. “Hobbits and Heroism.” Ch. 4 in J. R. R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, & Religion.
Rateliff, John D. “The Hobbit: A Turning Point.” In A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

________. A Brief History of the Hobbit. HarperCollins, 2015. (Includes Tolkien’s draft manuscript)


Bates, Brian. The Real Middle-earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle Ages, J. R. R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. New York: Palgrave, 2002.
, Harold (ed.), Modern Critical Interpretations: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2000.
, Jane, The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power. Rev. ed. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.
, Robert (ed.) Reading The Lord of the Rings: New Writings on Tolkien's Trilogy. Continuum, 2006.
, Wayne & Scull, Christina (eds.) Proceedings of the Conference on “The Lord of the Rings, 1954-2004: Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. Blackwelder”. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2005.
, Neil & Zimbardo, Rose (eds.) Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
, Peter. The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings. Ignatius Press, 2005.
, Michael W., Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord of the Rings. Seattle: Inkling Books, 2003.
, Fleming. The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Divine Design in the Lord of the Rings. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
, Mary Eddy, Tolkien’s Ordinary Virtues: Exploring the Spiritual Themes of the Lord of the Rings. Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 2002.
, Michael N., Hobbits, Elves and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. New York: Palgrave, 2001.


Tolkien Studies. 1-     (2004-    ). West Virginia University Press. 

C. S. Lewis: Select bibliography

Brown, Devin. A Life Observed. A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis. Brazos, 2013.
Christopher, Joe R., C. S. Lewis (1987)
Coren, Michael. The Man Who Created Narnia: The Story of C. S. Lewis (1996)
Como, James T., ed. C. S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table, and other Reminiscences (1979).
Dorsett, Lyle W., And God Came In (1983). (About Joy Davidman)
Gibb, Jocelyn, ed. Light on C. S. Lewis (1965).
Green, Roger Lancelyn, and Walter Hooper. C. S. Lewis: A Biography (1974).
Gresham, Douglas. Lentenlands (1988).
Griffin, William. Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life (1986).
Hannay, Margaret P. C. S. Lewis (1981).
Hart, Dabney A. Through the Open Door: A New Look at C. S. Lewis (1984).
Harwood, Laurence, C. S. Lewis, My Godfather: Letters, Photos and Recollections (2008).
Hooper, Walter. Through Joy and Beyond: A Pictorial Biography of C. S. Lewis (1982).
Howard, Thomas. The Achievement of C. S. Lewis (1980). Republished as C. S. Lewis, Man of Letters
Keefe, Carolyn, ed. C. S. Lewis, Speaker and Teacher (1971).
Kilby, Clyde S., Images of Salvation in the Fiction of C. S. Lewis (1978).
____________. The Christian World of C. S. Lewis (1964).
____________. and Douglas Gilbert. C. S. Lewis: Images of His World (1973).
Kreeft, Peter. C. S. Lewis: A Critical Essay (1969).
Lewis, Warren H. Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of Major Warren Hamilton Lewis. Edited by Clyde S. Kilby and M. L. Mead (1982).
Lindskoog, Kathryn. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christian (3rd ed., 1987).
Lindvall, Terry. Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C. S. Lewis (ca. 1996).
McGrath, Alister. C. S. Lewis: A Life. Hodder & Stroughton, 2013.
Sayer, George. Jack: C. S. Lewis and His Times. 2nd ed. (1994).
Wilson, A. N., C. S. Lewis: A Biography (1990).

Arnott, Anne. The Secret Country of C. S. Lewis (1975).
Barratt, David. C. S. Lewis and His World (1987).
Duriez, Colin. The C. S. Lewis Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to His Life, Thought and Writings (1990).
Gibson, Evan K., C. S. Lewis: Spinner of Tales (1980).
Hooper, Walter. C. S. Lewis: Companion & Guide (1996).
Ward, Michael. Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis (2010).

General Studies
Aeschilman, Michael D., The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism (1983).
Beversluis, John. C. S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion (1985).
Carnell, Corbin S., Bright Shadow of Reality: C. S. Lewis and the Feeling Intellect (1974).
Connolly, Sean. Inklings of Heaven: C. S. Lewis and Eschatology. Gracewing, 2007.
Cunningham, Richard B., C. S. Lewis: Defender of the Faith (1967).
Dorsett, Lyle W., Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis. (Baker, 2004)
Edwards, Bruce. A Rhetoric of Reading: C. S. Lewis's Defense of Western Literacy (1986).
Edwards, Bruce. ed. The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer (1988).
Glaspey, Terry. Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis (ca. 1996).
Glover, D. E., C. S. Lewis: The Art of Enchantment (1981).
Holmer, Paul L., C. S. Lewis: The Shape of His Faith and Thought (1976).
Hughes, Larry R., The World View of C. S. Lewis Implicit in His Religious Writings (1980).
Hutter, Charles A., “Angels in the Thought of C. S. Lewis.” In Perspectives, (February 1994, 12-15.)
__________. ed. Imagination and the Spirit: Essays in literature and the Christian Faith Presented to Clyde S. Kilby (1971).
Lindskoog, Kathryn. “Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: C. S. Lewis’ Search for Joy.” In Perspectives (September 1993, 17-21).

Lindskoog, Kathryn. The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land: The Theology of C. S. Lewis Expressed in His Fantasies for Children (1973).
McGrath, Alister E., The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
Meilaender, Gilbert. A Taste for the Other: The Social and Ethical Thought of C. S. Lewis (1978).
Payne, Leanne. Real Presence: The Christian Worldview of C. S. Lewis as Incarnational Reality. Rev. ed. (1988).
Purtill, Richard L., C. S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith (1981).
Pyles, Franklin A., The Influence of the British Neo-Hegelians on the Christian Apology of C. S. Lewis (1978).

Rice, Constance. “In Defense of the Fairy Tale: C. S. Lewis’s Argument for the Value and Importance of the Fairy Tale.” Inklings Forever (2004). https://library.taylor.edu/dotAsset/8bb3681b-cb67-43dd-808e-856dd0c61b0e.pdf
Robert H. Smith, Patches of Godlight: The Pattern of Thought of C. S. Lewis, (1981).
Schakel, ed. The Longing for a Form: Essays on the Fiction of C. S. Lewis (1979).

Sturgis, Amy, ed. Past Watchful Dragons: Fantasy and Faith in the World of C. S. Lewis. Altadena, 2007.
Sutherland, Martin, ed. A Myth Retold: Re-encountering C. S. Lewis as Theologian. Wipf & Stock, 2014.
Walsh, Chad. C. S. Lewis: Apostle to the Skeptics (1949).

Chronicles Of Narnia
Baggett, David J. et al, eds. C. S. Lewis as Philosopher. Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Academic, 2008. See Gregory Bassham, “Lewis and Tolkien on the Power of the Imagination” & David Rozema, “‘Belief’ in the Writings of C. S. Lewis.”
Brown, Devin. Inside Narnia (2005).
________. Inside Prince Caspian (2008).
________. Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).
Downing, David. Into the Wardrobe.
Downing, David C., Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
Duriez, Colin. A Field Guide to Narnia. Sutton, 2005.
Karkainen, Paul A. Narnia Explored (1979).
Layman, Sarah. “The Eschatology and ‘Amen’ of C. S. Lewis.” In Both Sides of the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis, Theological Imagination, and Everyday Discipleship. Ed. R. Fennell. Wipf & Stock, 2015.
Sammons. A Guide Through Narnia (1979)
Schakel, Peter J., Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis.
Schakel, Peter J., Reading with the Heart: The Way into Narnia (1979).
Vanauken, Sheldon. A Severe Mercy (1977).
Ward, Michael. The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens. 2010.

Other Writings…
Edwards, Bruce. “A Writer for Restless Hearts: Discerning C.S. Lewis' Legacy” at: http://www.qideas.org/blog/a-writer-for-restless-hearts-discerning-cs-lewis-legacy.aspx
Ford, Paul F., Companion to Narnia (1980).
Hooper, Walter. Past Watchful Dragons: The Narnian Chronicles of C. S. Lewis (1979).
Kreeft, Peter. C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium (1994).
Lindskoog, Kathryn. Light in the Shadowlands: Protecting the Real C. S.

Michael, Mary. “Our Love Affair with C. S. Lewis.” In Christianity Today, October 25, 1993, 34-36
Sammons, Martha. A Guide Through C. S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy (1980).
Schakel, Reason and Imagination in C. S. Lewis: A Study of Till We Have Faces (1984).

Walsh, Chad. The Literary Legacy of C. S. Lewis (1979).

Tolkien, Lewis and Colleagues

 Ashenden, Gavin. “C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams—Intelligence and Magicians.” In Persona and Paradox: Issues of Identity for C.S. Lewis, his Friends and Associates. Ed. S. Bray and W. Gray. Cambridge Scholars, (2012).
Blount, Paul G., ed. “The Inklings.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 14, no. 2. Ga. State Univ. (1981).
Carpenter, Humphrey. The Inklings: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends (1979).
Fuller, Edmund, et al. Myth, Allegory, and Gospel: An Interpretation of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton and Charles Williams (1974).
Diana. The Company They Keep Kent State University (2007).
Kreeft, Peter. Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley (1982).
MacDonald, Michael H., and Andrew A., Tadie, eds. The Riddle of Joy: G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis (1989).
Patrick, James. The Magdalen Metaphysicals: Idealism and Orthodoxy at Oxford (1984).
Purtill, Richard L., Lord of the Elves and Endils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C. S. Lewis and J. R. R.Tolkien (1974).
Urang, Gunnar. Shadows of Heaven. Religion and Fantasy in the Writing of C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J. R. R. Tolkien.
SCM, (1971).