Thursday, June 10, 2010

J R Tolkien A Lost Sinner In Hell

I would just like to deal a little bit about the life of J R Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings. Alot of people say Tolkien was saved and the Lord of the Rings was a good Christian book.

I am going to just give a little bit of his life and show how he was a lost man, who ended up in hell.

Born John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, on January 3rd 1892. He was raised Catholic by his mother, after his father died. His grandparents were Protestant and against them being Catholic. His mother died when he was 12 years old. He continued in the Catholic faith till his dying day. Some of his favorite readings were fantasies by George Macdonald, an Irish man from the late 1800's. He went to college at Oxford, and studied classics and English language.

He was close friends with C. S. Lewis another lost man in hell. And some of their favorite times together were sitting in a pub discussing literature over a glass of beer, and smoking cigars.

The book Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel. Here is an overview of the book Lord of the Rings. The title of the book refers to the story's main antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power, as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth. From quiet beginnings in the Shire, a hobbit land not unlike the English countryside, the story ranges across Middle-earth following the course of the War of the Ring through the eyes of its characters, most notably the hobbits, Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) and Peregrin Took (Pippin), but also the hobbits' chief helpers: Aragorn, a ranger, and Gandalf, a wizard. As you can tell he has a wizard who is on the good side throughout the whole book.

Tolkien's devout faith was a significant factor in the conversion of C. S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity, although Tolkien was dismayed that Lewis chose to join the Church of England.[90]

In the last years of his life, Tolkien became greatly disappointed by the reforms and changes implemented after the Second Vatican Council,[91] as his grandson Simon Tolkien recalls:

I vividly remember going to church with him in Bournemouth. He was a devout Roman Catholic and it was soon after the Church had changed the liturgy from Latin to English. My grandfather obviously didn't agree with this and made all the responses very loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation answered in English. I found the whole experience quite excruciating, but my grandfather was oblivious. He simply had to do what he believed to be right.

Here are some quotes by and about Tolkien.

The inspiration for the great fantasy novels of J.R.R. Tolkien cannot be separated from his profoundly Catholic approach to life:

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, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth ... which every man's heart desire

Although it is not my joy to say this. He was a devout Roman Catholic, who died and went to hell, at the age of 81 on September 2 1973.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it.