LotR as a "Fundamentally Catholic and Religious Work"    
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LotR as a "Fundamentally Catholic and Religious Work"

Notes on this section of the website:

Essays on this section of the site are a book-length effort to relate Tolkien's Catholicism to what he wrote in The Lord of the Rings.  It's a work in progress, and I've decided that it's going to have to stay that way, at least for the foreseeable future. Once upon a time I planned to actually complete it but, like anything I do related to Tolkien's writing, one thing leads to another and at the moment there's no end in sight. As of January 2010, I do feel as if I've come to a stopping place, but that doesn't mean it's finished.

In several essays, you'll find links in brackets that say "[More on...]". These link to essays that don't really have anything to do with Tolkien, but are about aspects of Catholicism that I thought were interesting enough to write about, and which have something to do with the topic of the main essay. They're mainly historically-based details that I have a geeky interest in, and as such certainly aren't central to the Catholic faith. Feel free to read any of them that sound interesting to you, and just as free to skip those that don't.

Most of the pages on that contain essays also carry a note of permission to republish the essay on a different website, as long as the copyright notice and a link to this website are given. But because the material in this section is so interconnected, I'm not providing that permission for the essays in it, and ask that if you want to share any of them on a different site you simply link to the page here instead of republishing it. This will give the visitors of the other site access to the material while still providing them the benefit of all of the hyperlinks and variously related pages.

I hope you find something that enriches your own reflections. Discussion of the material here, as with any of the content on, is welcome in the site forum. One reason this collection of essays will never be finished (although it might need to be put into a different format at some time) is that I keep running across statements, especially by Tolkien himself, that cause me to rethink and even rewrite something I've said. I also keep running across things in Catholic thinking that have a relationship to Tolkien's writing that I hadn't noticed before. I hope and expect to be "running across things" for the rest of my life. So if you think I've missed the Last Ship on some point, let's talk about it - and I may agree with you. I'd also love to know if you have further insights to share.