Argues that Tolkien’s conception of evil in Arda comes from two Christian sources: its personification (as in Revelation), and medieval concepts (primarily from Augustine through Aquinas) of evil as privation or corruption of initial good.
Treloar, John L. S.J.
"Tolkien and Christian Concepts of Evil: Apocalypse and Privation,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 15
, Article 7.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol15/iss2/7
Copyright held by Artist
Mythcon 51: The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
Albuquerque, New Mexico • Postponed to: July 30 – August 2, 2021