The Other Side of Virtue by Brendan Myers, Ph.D.
Using ancient heroic epics and sagas like Beowulf, the Illiad and Odyssey, the Eddas, the Tain Bo Cuailnge, and literature inspired by them including the works of the Renaissance and Romanticism, Shakespeare, Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling, this book explains the world-view that gave birth to our virtues. In that world-view, life involves inevitable confrontations with inexplicable events like fortune, nature, other people, and death itself.
I really liked this book, as it took the discussion of virtue back beyond the Christian era and into our Pagan past. And not only did it do this but it also brought the discussion into the present by looking at our modern portrayal of virtue through the mouths of Frodo and Sam, and Harry Potter.
But even greater than all this is the author’s words and teachings concerning facing of the common challenges of human existence, or as he poetically puts it ‘The Immensities.’
Here’s a reading performed by the author himself:
The book is a truly inspirational read that deserves to be on the well-read bookshelf of all.
Dr Brendan Myer’s website, which contains a number of his writings, can be found at: www.wildideas.net/cathbad/ .