Letter to G.S. Rigby Jr.

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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 underpinnings. 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


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