I wonder if you know that JRR Tolkiens,Lord of the Rings Trilogy,is a Christian fantasy.
I certainly did not,and even thought it looked a bit too 'dark' for me.
I was corrected after finding a book in a Christian store,the cover of which,stated that Tolkien himself,and the Trilogy had deeply held christian world views.
I was convinced,and after purchasing a copy of The Lord of the Rings,I gained a new respect for Tolkien as a wise and godly man.
The 'hidden' christian content in the books,including the early work'The Hobbit',amazed and delighted me.
Here is one of my favourite passages:
And here in rivendell there live still some of the Dark lords chief foes;the elven-wise lords of the Eldar from beyond the furthest seas.They do not fear the blackriders,for those who have dwelt in the blessed realm live at once in both worlds,and against the seen and the unseen they have great power.
'I thought I that I saw a white figure that shone and did not grow dim like the others,was that Glorfindel then? Yes you saw him for a moment as he is on the other side: one of the mighty of the first born. He is an Elf-Lord of a house of princes.
What a great description of a Christian!
We are chief foes of the dark lord,who do not fear him.
We dwell in the blessed realm and live at once in Heaven and on earth.
We have great power,in Jesus,against the seen and the unseen.
In the same way that scripture gives us a glimpse of Jesus as He is on the other on side,on the mount of transfiguration,so we shall shine like the sun in eternity.
We are the mighty of the first born,who dwell in the house of the Prince of life.
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This review of Tolkien is a fascinating piece of information. I am a forever fan of C.S. Lewis's Narnia series and films, and your article has sparked my interest in exploring Tolkien more intently. Thank you!