J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sorrowful Vision of Joy

TolkienI have seen numerous Christians put J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings on lists of books that Christians should NOT read. Perhaps this is out of concern for the use of wizards in his fiction. This may because of three things they do not know:

  1. Tolkien was instrumental in C.S. Lewis becoming a Christian.
  2. Wizards in Tolkien’s works are not humans whoo are sorcerers but the equivalent of angels incarnated into human bodies.
  3. The Lord of the Rings reflects a solidly Christian worldview.

Ralph C. Wood has written an interesting article on a Christian reading of Tolkien.

If Tolkien had enjoyed several more lives beyond his allotted 81, he might have extended his mythological project to include the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection – perhaps even providing a foretaste of life in the world to come.

You can read the full article here.

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