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J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, and Free Will

Generations have been enthralled by Tolkien’s epic fantasy, “The Lord of The Rings”. Its pages have been studied alongside the works of C.S. Lewis in Christian-literature classes, a society exists dedicated to preserving it in the spirit of its author, and back in the 1970s (in England at least) it was ‘unofficial required reading’ to enter the more respected universities – if you wanted to be accepted by your peers!

J.R.R. Tolkien, born 1892, was both a philologist and a student of mythology. He was a down-to-earth man nevertheless, and filled with a remarkable amount of common sense and clarity of thought. That he spent so much of his effort in fiction yet had so great a grasp of reality – both of the seen and unseen – is perhaps one of his most endearing qualities.

A number of documentaries, and other TV shows discussing both “The Lord of the Rings” and its author, were screened around the release of the movie, “The Fellowship of the Ring”, in December 2001. None, however, looked – except perhaps briefly – into the supernal truths wrapped up in this high fantasy epic.

Tolkien held to the belief that so-called “fairy-stories” were not just for children, but a powerful way of relating truth. “The peculiar quality of the ‘joy’ in successful Fantasy,” Tolkien wrote, “can thus be explained as a sudden glimpse of the underlying reality of truth.” ...

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