Ainulindale Bibliography

For anyone interested in doing further reading on Tolkien’s creation-myth, the Ainulindalë, here’s a select bibliography.

Caldecott, Stratford. “Let These Things Be.” Chap. 4 in The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind “The Lord of the Rings.” New York: Crossroad, 2005.

Chesterton, G. K. St. Thomas Aquinas: “The Dumb Ox”. New York: Doubleday, 1956.

Collins, Robert. “‘Ainulindalë’: Tolkien’s Commitment to an Aesthetic Ontology.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 11, no. 3 (2000): 257-265.

Cox, John. “Tolkien’s Platonic Fantasy.” Seven 5 (1984): 53-69.

Davis, Howard. “Ainulindalë: The Music of Creation.” Mythlore 9, no. 2 (1982): 6-10.

Devaux, Michaël. “The Origins of the Ainulindalë: The Present State of Research.” Translated by Allan Turner. In The Silmarillion: Thirty Years On, edited by Turner, 81-110. Zollikofen, Switzerland: Walking Tree, 2007.

Dickerson, Matthew. Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in “The Lord of the Rings.” Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2003.

Eden, Bradford Lee. “The “Music of the Spheres”: Relationships between Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and Medieval Cosmological and Religious Theory.” Chap. 12 in Chance, Tolkien the Medievalist, 183-193.

Egan, Thomas M. “The Silmarillion and the Rise of Evil: The Birth Pains of Middle-earth.” Seven 7 (1985): 79-84.

Evans, Jonathan. “The Anthropology of Arda: Creation, Theology, and the Race of Men.” Chap. 13 in Chance, Tolkien the Medievalist, 194-224.

Flieger, Verlyn.“Naming the Unnameable: The Neoplatonic ‘One’ in Tolkien’s Silmarillion.” In Diakonia: Studies in Honor of Robert T. Meyer, edited by Thomas Halton and Joseph P. Williman, 127-132. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1986.

Gough, John. “Tolkien’s Creation Myth in The Silmarillion—Northern or Not?” Children’s Literature in Education 30, no. 1 (1999): 1-8.

Harvey, David. The Song of Middle-earth: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Themes, Symbols, and Myths. Boston: George Allen and Unwin, 1985.

Houghton, John. “Augustine in the Cottage of Lost Play: The Ainulindalë as Asterisk Cosmogony.” Chap. 11 in Chance, Tolkien the Medievalist, 171-182.

McIntosh, Jonathan. “Ainulindalë: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of the Music.” Chap. 3 in Steimel and Schneidewind, eds., Music in Middle-earth.

——. The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie. Unpublished dissertation.

Purtill, Richard L. “Tolkien’s Creation Myth.” Chap. 7 in J. R. R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion, 88-101. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1984.

Rose, Mary Carman. “The Christian Platonism of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.” Chap. 17 in Neoplatonism and Christian Thought, edited by Dominic J. O’Meara, 203-212. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1982.

Wood, Ralph. “The Great Symphony of the Creation.” Chap. 1 in The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

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