The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings is a scholarly reference book written in 2005 by Peter J. Kreeft, and published by Ignatius Press (San Francisco).


The book discusses the philosophical skeleton and hidden worldviews of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythology, mostly of The Lord of the Rings, as gleaned through quotes from Tolkien himself from his letters and through frequently-made inferences from the original text.

There are thirteen chapters, each pertaining to a philosophical angle (e.g. "Angelology", "Ethics: The War of Good and Evil", and "the Philosophy of Language"), a conclusion following them, and then following a bibliography is a concordance where over thirty philosophical dilemmas (e.g. "Duty versus Utility", "Obedience to Authority", "Courage", longing for the Sea, "Knowledge by Faith", etc.), virtues, and vices are matched with references in the books of the trilogy.

The Philosophy of Tolkien received praise from the philosopher James V. Schall and Tolkienist Joseph Pearce (author of Tolkien: Man and Myth).

"While nothing can equal or replace the adventure in reading Tolkien’s masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, Peter Kreeft says that the journey into its underlying philosophy can be another exhilarating adventure. Thus, Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle earth. He organizes the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text of Lord. Since many of the great questions of philosophy are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as an engaging introduction to philosophy. For each of the philosophical topics in Lord, Kreeft presents tools by which they can be understood. Illustrated."
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Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die filosofie van Tolkien
Albanian Filozofia e Tolkienit
Amharic የቶልኪያን ፍልስፍና
Arabic فلسفه تولكين
Armenian Տոլկիենի փիլիսոփայությունը
Azerbaijani Tolkienin fəlsəfəsi
Basque Tolkienen Filosofia
Belarusian Cyrillic Філасофія Толкіена
Bengali টলকিনের দর্শনশাস্ত্র
Bosnian Filozofija Tolkin
Bulgarian Cyrillic Философията на Толкин
Catalan La filosofia de Tolkien
Cebuano Ang Pilosopiya ni Tolkien
Chinese 托尔金的哲学
Corsican A Filusufìa di Tolkien
Croatian Tolkienova filozofija
Czech Filozofie Tolkien
Danish Tolkiens filosofi
Dutch De filosofie van Tolkien
Esperanto La Filozofio de Tolkien
Estonian Tolkien filosoofia
Filipino Ang Pilosopiya ni Tolkien
Finnish Tolkienin filosofia
French La philosophie de Tolkien
Frisian De filosofy fan Tolkien
Galician A Filosofía de Tolkien
Georgian ტოლკინის ფილოსოფია
German Die Philosophie von Tolkien
Greek Η Φιλοσοφία του Τόλκιν
Gujarati ધ ફિલોસોફી ઓફ ટોલ્કિએન
Haitian Creole Filozofi ki sere nan Tolkien
Hawaiian ʻO ke akeakamai o Tolkien
Hebrew הפילוסופיה של טולקין
Hindi टॉलिकिन की फिलॉसॉफी
Hungarian Tolkien filozófiája
Icelandic Heimspeki Tolkien
Indonesian Filsafat Tolkien
Irish Gaelic An Fealsúnacht de Tolkien
Italian La filosofia di Tolkien
Japanese トルキンの哲学
Kannada ದಿ ಫಿಲಾಸಫಿ ಆಫ್ ಟೋಲ್ಕಿನ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Толкиентың философиясы
Korean 톨킨의 철학
Kurdish Philosophyê Tolkien (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Latin Philosophiae Tolkien scriptor
Latvian Tolkienas filozofija
Lithuanian Tolkieno filosofija
Luxembourgish D'Philosophie vum Tolkien
Macedonian Cyrillic Филозофија на Толкин
Malay Falsafah Tolkien
Maltese Il-Filosofija ta 'Tolkien
Malagasy Ny filôzôfian' ny Tolkien
Marathi टॉल्किनची तत्त्वज्ञान
Mongolian Cyrillic Толкиен-ийн философи
Nepalese दर्शन को टोल्किएन
Norwegian Tolkiens filosofi
Persian فلسفه تالکین
Polish Filozofia Tolkiena
Portuguese A filosofia de Tolkien
Punjabi ਟੌਲੋਕਿਨ ਦਾ ਫ਼ਿਲਾਸਫ਼ੀ
Romanian Filosofia lui Tolkien
Russian Философия Толкина
Samoan Le filosofia o le Tolkien
Scottish Gaelic An Feallsanachd de Tolkien
Serbian Филозофија Толкиена (Cyrillic) Filozofija Tolkiena (Latin)
Slovak Filozofia Tolkien
Slovenian Filozofija Tolkien
Spanish La filosofía de Tolkien
Sudanese Filsafat Tolkien
Swahili Falsafa ya Tolkien
Swedish Tolkiens filosofi
Tamil டோல்கீனின் தத்துவம்
Telugu ది ఫిలాసఫీ ఆఫ్ టోల్కీన్
Thai ปรัชญาของโทลคีน
Turkish Tolkien Felsefesi
Ukrainian Cyrillic Філософія Толкієна
Urdu فلسفی ٹولکین
Uzbek Толкиеннинг фалсафаси (Cyrillic) Tolkienning falsafasi (Latin)
Vietnamese Triết lý của Tolkien
Welsh Athroniaeth Tolkien
Yiddish די פילאָסאָפיע פון טאָלקיען

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