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It's almost embarrassing how little attention is paid to Tolkien's faith and how it shaped his fiction. The only ones who seem to pay more than a passing nod to it are Christian readers of Tolkien.

And as far as I know (haven't seen it), the recent biopic didn't help matters much.

Reading Tolkien/LOTR without a conscious awareness of how permeates every page is like kissing the bride with the veil still on.

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