Sunday, July 24, 2005

J.R.R. Tolkien

The following are some JRR Tolkien links and quotes that may be useful for indirect literary apologetics. I will be updating this log as I come across more information and insight.


The Catholic Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien
Peter Kreeft: Insights into Evil from LOTR
Mythic Truth LOTR

Catholic Educator's: Tolkien


(On Evil)
Far above the Ephel DĂșath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach. (J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings”)

(On The Blessed Sacrament)
"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament....There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, that every man's heart desires," (J.R.R. Tolkien)

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