J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) was a literary critic, commentator, poet, and author of The Lord of the Rings fantasy trilogy, The Hobbit, and even a translation of Sir Gawain of the Green Knight. He was a great man who wrote extensively on life and philosophy, bringing hope to the masses through his faith in Jesus Christ. His works have inspired millions for ages. To honor his life, here are some of his amazing quotes:
“Fantasy is a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most potent.” – On Fairy-Stories (1939)
“A story must be told or there’ll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving.” – Letter to Christopher Tolkien (January 30, 1945)
“‘Power’ is an ominous and sinister word in all these tales, except as applied to the gods.” – Letter to Milton Waldman (1951)
“That story was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all.” – Letter to Stanley Unwin (March 18, 1945)
“The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; 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.” – Letter to Robert Murray (December 1953)
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