Tolkien was Catholic
"Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Catholic
J.R.R. Tolkien Books "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" are world famous, but few know that he was a devout Catholic. To the belief of the famous writer, the Vienna church newspaper "Der Sonntag" interviewed the theologian, philosopher and Tolkien expert Thomas Fornet-Ponse, who teaches in Germany. The interview took place on a current occasion: The film "Tolkien" has been in Austrian cinemas since June 20 and describes the childhood and youth of the world-famous writer.
"The Catholic faith played a major role in Tolkien's life, Fornet-Ponse referred to his regular attendance at Mass in Sunday After all, the author's eldest son was ordained a Catholic priest.
"However, Tolkien made a conscious decision not to make Christian content explicit in his works," said Fornet-Ponse. Nevertheless, his oeuvre is well compatible with fundamental theological convictions. In his main work "The Lord of the Rings", Tolkien describes the battle between good and evil in a breathtaking way. Evil is very present in the work, especially in the form of the characters Sauron or Melkor / Morgoth. "In essence, however, it is about the classic Augustinian-Boethian position of evil as the absence of good (privatio boni)," explained Fornet-Ponse. This is shown above all in the fact that with Tolkien evil cannot itself be creative, but only destructive and deforming. In the end, of course, the good wins.
In the "Tolkien" film, the writer's religious life is practically excluded. Instead, it describes how Tolkien becomes an orphan at the age of twelve and can attend an elite school thanks to the tutelage of a Catholic priest. The central theme in the film is also Tolkien's love for Edith Bratt, who is three years older and whom he later married.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in 1892 and studied languages and myths intensively. He later worked as a professor of English at Oxford University and died in England in 1973.
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