I have talked about the value of Malcolm Guite’s work as a poet, theologian, and C.S. Lewis critic. Someone recently shared with me the linked video, and I responded by saying that I would make theology students watch this video. I have not that power, but I think this is such a wise, generous, and full lecture that I would like you all to see it.
Guite shares here the essential meaning of Tolkien’s work–not reduced to allegory, but reveling in its infused meaning. He spends time with the poem “Mythopoeia” (see here), linking it to Tolkien’s “On Fairy-stories” lecture and his work on fantasy theory and the essential eucatastrophic story that critiques our modern world’s instinct to reduce human beings to cogs in a social or natural machine.
Here Malcolm covers what he thinks is most prophetic and radical in Tolkien. It is a brilliant lecture, filled with wandering thoughts, a lifetime of study, and a good many stories. I hope you enjoy.