20555Re: [mythsoc] Re: Catholicism and Lord of the Rings
- Jun 9, 2009On Jun 9, 2009, at 8:10 AM, Vincent Ferré wrote:
> yes, but do we have to believe writers's statements about their ownNo; but I think we should unless we have a compelling reason not to do
> work ?
so. Do you have such a reason?
Personally, I can see plenty of support for Tolkien's statement: the
figure of Elbereth ("Star-queen"), the "dormition" of Aragorn and
Arwen, the Eagle's _Laetare_, the date of the Downfall, etc., etc., etc.
> "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and
> Catholic work," wrote Tolkien, "unconsciously so at first, but
> consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have
> cut out, practically all references to anything like "religion", to
> cults or practices, in the Imaginary world. For the religious
> element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism."
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