In this detailed look at The Lord of the Rings, Jared Lobdell examines Tolkien's methods and his worldview by following the thread of three influences: the science of philology (comparative languages); Roman Catholic theology; and the Edwardian adventure story. These elements provide the architecture and narrative style for Tolkien's Ring series. His great knowledge of Germanic and Celtic languages helps explain his brilliant use of period linguistics as well as his skill at coining memorable names. Finally, author Lobdell subtly explores the Christian/Catholic underpinnings of the Rings series, with special emphasis on the question of whether the books are set before the Fall of Man. This completely revised, classic study is a fascinating look at Tolkien's process that appeals to Tolkien fans and academics alike.