Finnish pastor and Quenya expert Petri Tikka analyzes the hidden symbolism and the ethos of  J.R.R. Tolkien´s lore, and actually leads us back to the roots of Tolkien - as Tikka explains it. The message of this pacifist documentary is - hope.J.R.R Tolkien was originally inspired by Finnish grammar and Finnish national epic Kalevala - and we are very proud of this. Visually impressive documentary is illustrated with the artworks of awarded American artist Jef Murray and photos of Finnish nature together with little Liza.Sound design and effects are made by Ville Wallenius - a musician and sound designer from Helsinki. http://www.villewallenius.com

Suomalainen pastori ja haltijakielten taitaja Petri Tikka analysoi J.R.R. Tolkienin teosten symboliikkaa ja pohtii, mitä viestejä fantasiakirjallisuuden mestari on piilottanut teoksiinsa. Palkittu dokumentti vie meidät ihmismielen perimmäisten kysymysten äärelle ja avaa mielenkiintoisella tavalla Tolkienin maailmankuvaa. Kuka olisi arvannut mitä Taru sormusten herrasta oikeasti haluaa lukijoilleen kertoa?

 
 

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Petri Tikka knows Tolkien´s worldview like the back of his hands, and he is one of the leading experts in Quenya, a language invented by J.R.R. Tolkien, based on Finnish. He is a sought-after speaker at international Tolkien events and conferences all over the world. Tikka loves singing, and sometimes his lectures end up with his own songs - in Quenya, of course.  Pastor Petri Tikka wants to arise discussion between religion and fantasy. The themes such as good and evil, death, eternity and salvation are inherent in both fantasy books and religion. Why does the popularity of fantasy continues, while attendance and membership in churches seem to be waning?

Petri Tikka tuntee Tolkienin maailmankuvan erittäin hyvin. Hän on yksi johtavimmista Quenian kielen taitajista ja kysytty puhuja eri puolilla maailmaa pidettävissä alan tapahtumissa ja konferenseissa. Dokumentissa verrataan niin hyvän, pahan, kuoleman, elämän ja armonkin merkitystä sekä fantasiakirjallisuudessa että uskonnossakin. Kuinka fantasiakirjallisuuden suosio vain nousee, vaikka väki häviää kirkosta?

Pastor Petri Tikka had a workshop in Practical Elvish in "Omentielva Enquea", The Sixth International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien´s Invented Languages, on 6-9th of August 2015 in Switzerland.  Next workshop will be in California, 2017.

Jef Murray (1960-2015) was a fantasy artist and author best known for his illustrations of works by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Both his visual art and his different writings appear regularly in various Tolkien and Inklings-oriented publications and in Catholic publications worldwide. He was Artist-in-Residence for the St. Austin Review, and artist guest of honor at the 2006 Gathering of the Fellowship in Toronto along with Ted Nasmith. He was nominated for an Imperishable Flame award in 2006, and his work has been exhibited in the USA, Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands. http://gallery.jefmurray.com/

 

Jef Murray on tunnettu Tolkien ja C.S.Lewis -aiheisista töistään. Hänet on palkittu töistään lukuisin eri huomionosoituksin. Jef Murray menehtyi äkillisesti toukokuussa 2015 dokumentin viimeistelyn aikana. Eru Ilúvatar on omistettu Jef Murrayn muistolle.

 

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