J.R.R. Tolkien is known for his fantasy fiction series ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ but he was also literary critic, writer, poet, and faithful to Christ. He was a proud Christian and a committed Catholic. Through his writing, he not only inspired through his tales of Middle Earth but affirmed the Gospel and its impact on life. Here are some inspiring quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien:
God is the Lord, of angels, and of men — and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused. – On Fairy-Stories (1939)
We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile. – The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981)
The Evangelium has not abrogated legends; it has hallowed them, especially the “happy ending.” The Christian has still to work, with mind as well as body, to suffer, hope, and die; but he may now perceive that all his bents and faculties have a purpose, which can be redeemed. So great is the bounty with which he has been treated that he may now, perhaps, fairly dare to guess that in Fantasy he may actually assist in the effoliation and multiple enrichment of creation. All tales may come true; and yet, at the last, redeemed, they may be as like and unlike the forms that we give them as Man, finally redeemed, will be like and unlike the fallen that we know. – On Fairy-Stories (1939)
I perceived or thought of the Light of God and in it suspended one small mote (or millions of motes to only one of which was my small mind directed), glittering white because of the individual ray from the Light which both held and lit it…And the ray was the Guardian Angel of the mote: not a thing interposed between God and the creature, but God’s very attention itself, personalized…This is a finite parallel to the Infinite. As the love of the Father and Son (who are infinite and equal) is a Person, so the love and attention of the Light to the Mote is a person (that is both with us and in Heaven): finite but divine, i.e. angelic. – The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981)
The only cure for sagging or fainting faith is Communion. – The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981)
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