The Lure of the Ring: Power, Addiction and Transcendence in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (Paperback)

The Lure of the Ring: Power, Addiction and Transcendence in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings By Janet Coster, Alan James Strachan Cover Image

The Lure of the Ring: Power, Addiction and Transcendence in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (Paperback)


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"The Lure of the Ring compellingly captures the essence of addiction, the seduction of power, and the nature of embodied spiritual transformation. I highly recommend this wise and engaging book." RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M., Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation

AUTHORS ALAN JAMES STRACHAN, PH.D. AND JANET COSTER, M.A., M.A., draw upon decades of clinical expertise, a lifetime of spiritual practice and integration, and communication skills finely-honed by counseling, teaching and writing.

The Seductive Power of the One Ring

The Lure of the Ring takes us on a fascinating journey through the hearts and minds of some of Tolkien's most colorful characters, exploring with depth and insight how they respond to the allure of the One Ring.

Tom Bombadil and the Dark Lord Sauron

The primary focus is on two contrasting figures, the Dark Lord Sauron and Tom Bombadil - Tolkien's most enigmatic figure.

Sauron, who utterly succumbs to his addictive craving for power, resides at one end of the continuum of psychological development.

In marked contrast, Tom Bombadil - unique, paradoxical and charismatic - operates from a radically different psychological and spiritual paradigm in relation to power and the One Ring.

An Original Answer to the Question, "Who is Tom Bombadil?"

Drawing on the deepest understandings of the psychology of addiction, the seductive allure of power, the stages of psychological development, and nondual spirituality, The Lure of the Ring provides a novel and thought-provoking answer to the most puzzling question in Tolkien lore: "Who is Tom Bombadil?"

Deepen Your Understanding of Power, Addiction and Spiritual Transformation

In addition to providing unprecedented insights into Tolkien's characters, The Lure of the Ring also offers readers an invaluable opportunity to explore more deeply their own relationship to power, addiction and personal / spiritual transformation.


- "You are to be wholeheartedly congratulated for the grace to write something so beautiful and good."

- "I have enjoyed The Lure of the Ring so much that I've read a lot of it yet again. . . the accessibility of your beautiful language invites the casual reader to become engaged in a search for that personal yet cosmic ocean of consciousness available to us all. A lovingly written treasure, & this reader wholeheartedly thanks you both."


Product Details ISBN: 9781732315600
ISBN-10: 1732315604
Publisher: Alan Strachan, Ph.D.
Publication Date: January 5th, 2019
Pages: 86
Language: English