Apr 6 2011, 1:04pm
that the writer of the program is missing the point entirely?
Did any one else click on the EWTN lint and think
It sounds to me like he's going to propose LOTR as a giant allegory for Christian salvation history: the ring is sin, carrying it is carrying the cross, etc. I think Tolkien, who "detested" allegory as well as deliberately removing overt religiosity from his works, would disapprove.
I don't disagree that the work can be viewed as fundamentally Catholic, but for different reasons. It is Catholic in the Irish sense because all of Middle-earth is imbued with the power of the creator. It is also Catholic in its fundamental view of the goodness of created life (before the marring). It is Catholic before its time in its positive spin on death. Of course, those things may be in the program, but it doesn't sound like it from the teaser blurb.
"That is one thing that Men call 'hope.' Amdir we call it, 'looking up.' But there is another which is founded deeper. Estel we call it, that is 'trust.' It is not defeated by the ways of the world, for it does not come from experience, but from our nature and First Being. If we are indeed the Eruhin, the Children of the One, then He will not suffer Himself to be deprived of His own, not by any enemy, not even by ourselves. This is the last foundation of estel, which we keep even when we contemplate the End. Of all His designs the issue must be for His children's joy."
Finrod, Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, HoME X Morgoth's Ring