God is the Lord, of angels, and of men—and of elves

The lecture and essay “On Fairy Stories” by J.R.R. Tolkien is incredibly rich. I’ve just reread it and am only realizing this time how little I understand it. I’ve posted several portions of it in past years, but here is a comprehensive set of passages that I wish to reflect upon more when I can.Continue reading “God is the Lord, of angels, and of men—and of elves”

when we are enchanted

It is man who is, in contrast to fairies, supernatural (and often of diminutive stature); whereas they are natural, far more natural than he. Such is their doom. …Fairy-stories are not in normal English usage stories about fairies or elves, but stories about …the realm or state in which fairies have their being. Faerie containsContinue reading “when we are enchanted”

Faerie and the Endeavor of Christian Formation

Question from David F. White: I am trying to articulate the significance of Hart/Milbank/Chestertons’ appreciation for faerie for the endeavor of Christian formation. Any thoughts? Three answers come to mind initially: Most clear and helpful: faerie is a realm of story and imagination uniquely suited to teach us that all creation communicates the glory ofContinue reading “Faerie and the Endeavor of Christian Formation”