Very few people realize that J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings, was a devout Catholic. Very few Catholics realize that the Lord of the rings was a “thoroughly Catholic work” according to Tolkien.
Tolkien was indeed a writer for the Catholic Herald in England, which still prints today. Amongst the gems of his writing are some “thoroughly Catholic” quotes, to give you a sense of his spirituality.
J.R.R. Tolkien has many sayings. He works both as an author and doctor of philology are extensive. His scholarly article On Fairy Stories is a work in literary scholarship that persists today in being common reading in literature classes. His Catholic writings are less well-known.
Here is a sample of his writings and miracles that I experience from J.R.R. Tolkien. There are more of his Catholic quotes that can be found here.
“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. . . . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death.
Blessed Virgin Mary
“I think I know exactly what you mean by the order of Grace; and of course by your references to Our Lady, upon which all my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded.”
“I myself am convinced by the Petrine claims, nor looking around the world does there seem much doubt which (if Christianity is true) is the True Church, the temple of the Spirit dying but living, corrupt but holy, self-reforming and re-arising.
J.R.R. Tolkien has manifested to me, in bilocations, visions, physical voices (locutions) and odors of Sanctity. I was open to Tolkien being a Saints, they just think of him as a writer. I was open and the signs and wonders have not stopped coming.
Emulating Servant of God, Thea Bowman, J.R.R. Tolkien said the same thing she said to me years ago and repeated a couple times:
“Here I am in Heaven,” J.R.R. Tolkien tolkien said to me appearing as his older self commonly seen on his books and the Internet.
Tolkien performed two specific miracles for me: A sense of the presence of the Eucharist and a sense of the Catholic Church. One would expect this from a Catholic who lived in the discriminatory England, which is still growing in admitting the Catholic Faith to the highest spheres of the Monarchy.
The first prophetic sense: I can sense who confected a Eucharist and when it is confected.
The second prophetic sense: I can sense the presence of Catholicity in its members and when there is strength or deficiency.
Magnanimity (generosity) is a virtue of Justice, one of the four cardinal virtues. The greatest example is giving from need (the poor widow’s mite). Tolkien had this in abundance.
With friend author C.S. Lewis (from the Inklings literary group), Tolkien never stopped aiding him, despite a falling out in later years. Lewis secretly disparagingly called Tolkien a “Papist.”
Nonetheless, Tolkien helped Lewis secure a chair at Oxford from Tolkien’s charity. Despite years on the outs, Tolkien remembered their friendship and spoke for Lewis to secure his former Chair.
Reading Lord of the Rings, and knowing the Catholic Faith, you will stumble across many Catholic themes in this series. One is waybread (lembas, elven bread). With a small bite, a person could last indefinitely.
The corollary is the Eucharist. With one small particle, you can receive Communion. No particle is too small. This puts the Lord of the Rings in the spiritual journey genre with Pilgrim’s Way (Way of a Pilgrim), although more obscure and fictional.
The other is the elven cloaks. These cloaks make them invisible, like angels, to be ‘unseen by men.’ These cloaks are given by Lady Galadriel to the Fellowship of the Ring in Chapter 8.
Elves are a corollary to angels. Elves can die and return in their same bodies. They glow with an “inner light.” Glorfindel shone with it in at the River (Chapter 12), which caused the Ring Wraiths horses to bolt and the Ring Wraiths to fear.
Having studied these works for Grad School, I delved deep into them, finding Catholic imagery everywhere. Indeed, in a Catholic spiritual sense, it is fairly solid when examined.
Absolutely Certain & Infallible Special Revelations
Tolkien appeared to me in 2013, saying “I will be canonized.” In 1995 I had a sense Tolkien was a Saint as my Theology studies continued. Indeed the Blessed Mother said, “Indeed he is here with me.”
After the gift of infallible prophecies given to me in 2013 (Trent, Session 6, Canon 16), conversations with Heavenly agents are not sporadic as they once were. They flow with supernatural grace.
I have had long conversations with John Ronald Ruel Tolkien which I may share someday. At present, it would not beneficial to souls although it was very holy and spoke of prophecy and devotion to the Catholic Faith, Blessed Mother & most especially Christ.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us now and at the hour of our passing. Amen.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our passing. Amen.
All you Angels and Saints pray for us.
Guardian Angel of John Tolkien, pray for us.