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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Lord of the Rings

Catholic World News - February 05, 2014

The weekly English edition of L’Osservatore Romano has published a lengthy essay devoted to the theology of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

The essay was written by Anglican Bishop David Moxon, the Anglican Communion’s official representative to the Holy See.

Moxon states:

For those of us in the “Fourth Age of Middle-earth,” in the present, we could do no better than end with Tolkien’s words to his son about the Eucharist, the centre of his own 20th-Century Christian faith, which was the centre of his world.

“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, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which, what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy), can alone be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.”

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