Madsen pulls together three exceedingly disparate elements—the theology of loss and obligation of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas; the way the Inuit peoples of the Arctic regions relate to the hardships and challenges of their physical and spiritual worlds; and incidents of self-sacrifice in Tolkien—into a challenging and rewarding whole.
"Theological Reticence and Moral Radiance: Notes on Tolkien, Levinas, and Inuit Cosmology,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 32
, Article 8.
Available at: http://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol32/iss1/8