By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Lesson from Tolkien's The Silmarillion

Having recently finished a reading of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien, I have now turned to another of his books, The Silmarillion. I find it uncanny how Tolkien so well expresses the Christian experience. Here is a description that will ring a bell for those also on pilgrimage (the "bell" motif is an intended pun for the liturgically astute):

But of Olorin that tale does not speak; for though he loved the Elves, he walked among them unseen, or in form as one of them, and they did not know whence came the fair visions or the promptings of wisdom that he put into their hearts. In later days he was the friend of all children of Ilúvatar, and took pity on their sorrows; and those who listened to him awoke from despair and put away the imaginations of darkness.

The Silmarillion, in "Of the Maiar," Valaquenta (emphasis added).

Think Holy Spirit.