March 31, 2011
WINGS - EWTN e-newsletter

Tolkien Fans: Don't Miss This EWTN Original Series:
'Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings:" A Catholic World View'

By Michelle Laque Johnson

J.R.R. Tolkien, whose "Lord of the Rings" series has once again captured the imagination of the world, was a proud Catholic who declared that his famous trilogy was "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." The secular world would like you to forget or simply deny this fact, but Author Joseph Pearce, host of EWTN's new program, "Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings:' A Catholic World View," wants you to know the truth. (Airs 10 p.m. ET, Wed., April 6, 1 p.m. ET, Fri., April 8, and 5 a.m. ET, Sat., April 9.)

In this brand new one-hour program, Pearce explains what makes Tolkien's trilogy – which never mentions the name of Jesus -- so Catholic.

As Tolkien fans know, "The Lord of the Rings'" principle plot revolves around the journey of the two principle characters, Frodo and Sam, to Mordor to destroy a ring, and therefore the Dark Lord who forged it and who is one with it, in the fires of Mt. Doom.

In this series, Pearce explains that the ring is the emblem of sin, that carrying the ring is emblematic of carrying the cross, that the climatic battle which takes place on March 25, is the date of the Crucifixion in European popular tradition as well as the Feast of the Annunciation; that destroying the ring which placed humanity under dominion of "the Shadow" is emblematic of Christ unmaking the consequences of Adam's fall – and much more!

This series is a must-see for anyone who calls themselves a fan of Tolkien – or for those who haven't yet had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with this very Catholic author!

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