Light in the Darkness

I am responding to the WordPress Daily Post of today: Candle.

When I saw this word, I immediately thought of Tolkien. Last night I attended a wonderful talk about the “Catholic Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien” and after that I don’t think I’ll read his books the same way again. It’s not that the story has changed for me – not at all. Instead, I feel like the story has come alive in a new way with deeper, more meaningful insights and a whole new way to connect to the story and characters has been opened up for me.

I had already loved and respected Tolkien. Now I love him and respect him even more. If I had had any doubt of his genius, those doubts are entirely banished.

In response to the prompt word “candle” I offer one of Tolkien’s most well known poems:


Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go re-read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Have a good weekend everyone!


7 thoughts on “Light in the Darkness

      1. Oh no…that’s not necessary. I have read all the books multiple times without ever having thought about how Tolkien’s faith might have influenced his novels…they are just really good stories! (the Catholic connection is just a bonus)

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