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In our final episode on Tolkien, Bishop Wall and Dr. Helen Freeh discuss the major differences between the Lord of the Rings books and films, and why reading the books is necessary to understand the themes and true beauty behind the world and stories of Middle-Earth.

I think I am as sensitive as you (or any other Christian) to the ‘scandals’, both of clergy and laity. I have suffered grievously in my life from stupid, tired, dimmed, and even bad priests; but I now know enough about myself to be aware that I should not leave the Church (which for me would mean leaving the allegiance of Our Lord) for any such reasons: I should leave because I did not believe, and should not believe any more, even if I had never met any one in orders who was not both wise and saintly. I should deny the Blessed Sacrament, that is: call Our Lord a fraud to His face.

-J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to his son Michael

References and Further Reading: Tolkien Among the Moderns: Dr. Freeh’s essay appears in this collection
The Ainulindale: Tolkien’s creation myth, illustrated
What is “Deus ex Machina?”
The letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Send us your questions!

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Outro music: Heart Ache by Broke for Free is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial License.

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