Talking Creation, Faërie, and Facing 2020 on Rune Soup

It’s a potent week for podcasts! Gordon White and I had our third and perhaps most compelling and exploratory conversation yet on his podcast Rune Soup. We discussed J.R.R. Tolkien’s notion of Faërie, fantasy, and imagination, connecting the principles outlined in his groundbreaking essay “On Fairy-Stories” with his creation myth the Ainulindalë: theory and practice of the sub-creative imagination. In our discussion of my new book, Journey to the Imaginal Realm, we also spoke of how The Lord of the Rings provides a powerful mythos for facing the great challenges in our current era, which are reaching a new peak in 2020. The podcast is available for download or can be listened to directly below.

3 Replies to “Talking Creation, Faërie, and Facing 2020 on Rune Soup”

  1. “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
    “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

    Your favorite passage? 🙂 „Tolkien was able to take suffering and through faith and imagination he turned it into beauty. That’s an extraordinary gift“ – that’s my definition of art and poetry. Poetry gives life and soul to the world. The poet is engaged in a very real „battle for the Soul of the world“, he must strive to embody the Divine Breath of Compassion, to be the realization of living poetry, the beating heart and word of the Beloved, channel and instrument of the Anima Mundi. „Let yourself become living Poetry“ said Rumi.

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