Eight years of serving as a guide for young people through Middle-earth, often for what was their first time, gave me some unique insights. Some deep forays into the secondary literature, and for good measure let's throw in a decade and a half of the strange and subversive experience of being a Catholic priest during the early 2000s - put it all together, and you have...
CATHOLIC THEMES IN TOLKIEN
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Here it is, world. I tried unsuccessfully to get it published. A half dozen Catholic publishers passed on it. Well, I will resist the urge to vocalize my colorful internal response to their rejections.
Instead, I will stick it to their Man-ness and employ that great democratizing digital global platform enabling the foolish and wise to sing the world their song. I will expose my labor of love, the cherished fruit of my best and most significant years, yay, I will expose my heart to the wind-swept wilderness, letting the vast commons of public opinion have at it.
Take it, it's free. Of course, I would not turn down a donation for whatever you think the book is worth (for now just email me and I'll send you a PayPal request).
I never got the chance to sit with old Ronald and the Inkling gang at the Eagle and Child pub. I wonder what he and his friends would think of my earnest musings?
You, on the other hand, get that chance.
I hope you enjoy.
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