Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien (Free Ebook)
The Council of Elrond, by Alan Lee
This book is not an academical treatise dealing exclusively with Tolkien´s philosophy. It is book about how I use Tolkien in connection with philosophical counseling in Rold Forest in Denmark, and is in that way as much a summary of my own philosophy.
In the book I claim that Sauron´s One Ring has two demonical movements which are seen in our culture of today: the movement into the ego (the will to power), and the movement out towards the others in ideology. Hereby the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of the Wholeness is reduced to power and ideology. The danger is the reductionism of modernity.
Tolkien´s philosophy is a pre-modern world-view, where the Wholeness is more alive, more dreaming, more awake. In modernity (and even worse: postmodernity) the Wholeness is reduced to its parts. Truth, Beauty and Goodness is sleeping, suffering and dying. In Middle-earth, Truth, Beauty and Goodness is dreaming and eventually awake. More than that: there is so much life in things that we would call it “magic”.
There are two very different kinds of magics in Tolkien´s work. The two magics are not just different but opposed. In fact they are at war, and our civilization is in crisis because of the war between these two kinds of magic. One kind of magic, Enchantment, is our healing, and the other – the kind exemplified by the Ring – is our destruction.
The aim with the book is to inspire to a re-enchantment of our dying world.
This Ebook is the third version, and is still not fully edited and updated (look out for version 4, 5 etc.)
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