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"I am a Christian and in fact a Roman Catholic...The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work."
(J. R. R. Tolkien)

"And there are a few basic facts, which however drily expressed, are
really significant. For instance I … lived for my early years
in "the Shire" in a premechanical age. Or more important, I am a
Christian (which can be deduced from my stories), and in fact a
Roman Catholic."
(J. R. R. Tolkien)

"I myself am convinced by the Petrine claims, nor looking around the world does there seem to be much doubt which (if Christianity is true) is the True Church, the temple of the Spirit dying but living, corrupt but holy, self-reforming and rearising. But for me that Church of which the Pope is the acknowledged head on earth has as chief claim that it is the one that has (and still does) ever defended the Blessed Sacrament, and given it most honour, and put it (as Christ plainly intended) in the prime place. "Feed my sheep" was His last charge to St. Peter; and since His words are always first to be understood literally, I suppose them to refer primarily to the Bread of Life." It was against this that the W. European revolt (or Reformation) was really launched - the 'blasphemous fable of the Mass' - and faith/works a mere red herring."

Discussion group for Catholic fans of the writings of Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien.

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  • Tolkien, J.R.R.
  • Jan 3, 2004
  • English

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