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Theology in The Lord of the Rings

TOLKIEN, J. R. R.. Typed letter signed on theology in The Lord of the Rings, to G. S. Rigby

No place, 6 December, 1965

One page. Archivally framed with the original envelope postmarked Oxford. Fine condition.

Tolkien observes that “There is, in fact, quite a lot of theology included in The Lord of the Rings (I was surprised to find how much when the work was analysed some years ago in a theological periodical), though perhaps it is made more palatable by a sugar coating …”

Tolkien, a devout Catholic,  wrote to W. H. Auden in 1965 that he intended for the novel to be “consonant with Christian thought and belief.”

$5,500