Tolkien’s Augustinian Vision of Reality
St. Augustine was decidedly not a "Medieval philosopher"…but….interesting thoughts nonetheless about Tolkien’s vision of reality influenced by St. Augustine.
However, there exists in The Lord of the Rings a subtle yet quite detectable call to the thought of the medieval philosopher St. Augustine. This call is particularly resonant today, an age where there appears to prevail an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Augustine, as a student of the ancients (in particular of Plato), knew well that knowledge was not synonymous with wisdom. Often, the quest for the former entailed the preclusion of the latter.