Timothy Enloe, Testing the Limits of Subcreation

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An Analysis of a Key Concept in the Writings of JRR Tolkien

2011. 1st edition. Paperback.

The concept of "subcreation" is a key to understanding what J.R.R. Tolkien was attempting to do in his fantasy works. Subcreation, or the idea that the creatures God makes are themselves able to create within the boundaries that God has set, but not necessarily in the same way He Himself actually did things, puts many of Tolkien's seeming theological novelties into perspective and helps us to better appreciate his faithful literary artistry. As well, by coming to grips with this concept as it appears in Tolkien's works, we may be able to find inspiration for our own subcreative works done for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.*