This semester I am undertaking an independent study in which I will be exploring The Red Book of Carl Gustav Jung and bringing it into dialogue with what J.R.R. Tolkien called The Red Book of Westmarch, the fictional narrative that became the key books of his Middle-Earth legendarium, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Jung’s Red Book period began in 1913, the same year that Tolkien began his own practice of active imagination in his illustrated book entitled The Book of Ishness. Using additional material from both Jung and Tolkien, as well as contemporary secondary sources, in conjunction with some of the insight provided by archetypal astrology, I will explore the similarities (and significant differences) between what was emerging through both of these men’s creative imaginations.
I will be culminating the independent study with a paper that I will post on this website, and with a PCC Forum lecture that will be filmed and also posted. If anyone has source material or other recommendations for this project I would greatly appreciate the feedback!
C.G. Jung – The Red Book
C.G. Jung – The Basic Writings of C.G. Jung
C.G. Jung – Memories, Dreams, Reflections
C.G. Jung, Meredith Sabini (ed.) – The Earth Has A Soul: The Nature Writings of C.G. Jung
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien – The History of Middle-Earth
Humphrey Carpenter – J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull (ed.) – J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator
Verlyn Flieger – A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie
Lance Owens – J.R.R. Tolkien: An Imaginative Life – A Series of Three Illustrated Lectures (Audio)