Jan 4 2013, 11:18pm
any hint of the Christian story. ME societies were essentially pagan (his use of pre-Christian Anglo - Saxon, Norse, Finnish culture etc. etc ) However, he included the elements in his sub-creation for the later story to come about. Read Thomas Shippeys "The Road To Middle Earth" and many of the details will come into place.
For JRRT the events of ME were prior to
Other books that discuss the theme...
The Gospel According to Tolkien - Ralph C Wood
Tolkien in Perspective - Greg Wright
There are many others...
(This post was edited by Eruonen on Jan 4 2013, 11:20pm)