"The re-publication of Tolkien's collected (though by no means comprehensive) letters should help place the English author as one of the great Christian Humanists of the twentieth century, in league with his closest friend C.S. Lewis, his sometime rival, T.S. Eliot, and other greats such as Christopher Dawson, Romano Guardini and fellow traveler Eric Voegelin. Contrary to Rissek's assertions, it was Tolkien's desire, through sanctified and created myth, to attack the "annihilating traumas" not just of the twentieth century, but of modernity at large. Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that myth held within it the power to reinvigorate moral order and first principles".