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Letter to G.S. Rigby Jr.

G.S. Rigby Jr. 6 December 1965.jpg

On 6 December 1965, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to G.S. Rigby Jr. (of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania).[1][2][3]

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The Lord of the Rings and its Christian/Catholic undrepinnings. Tolkien, a devout Catholic, readily admits to theological elements in his famous trilogy. "There is, in fact, quite a lot of theology included in The Lord of the Rings (I was surprised to find how much when the work was analysed some time ago in a theological periodical), though perhaps it is made more palatable by a sugar coating." [3]

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6th December, 1965.

Dear Mr. Rigby,

Thank you very much for your appreciative letter. It gave me much pleasure.

There is, in fact, quite a lot of theology included in The Lord of the Rings (I was surprised to find now much when the work was analysed some time ago in a theological periodical), though perhaps it is made more palatable by a sugar coating.

With best wishes and thanks.
Yours sincerely,
J. R. R. Tolkien


[edit] References

  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 648
  2. Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, "Tolkien Notes 7" dated 29 May 2013, Too Many Books and Never Enough (blog) (accessed 30 May 2013)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Lot 227, Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana, New York, 11 June 2012" , Sotheby's (accessed 30 May 2013)