Monday, June 21, 2004

Tolkien Schmolkien

I'm currently rereading LOTR, and just picked up Pearce's book Tolkien: Man and Myth. I don't know if Tolkien is a saint, in the sense of having displayed heroic virtues. Perhaps not. I hope he is a saint in the ordinary sense of sharing in the beatific vision. Whether he is a saint or not, he was certainly wise. See this quote from the Professor on the historicity of Genesis, quoted in Pearce.

"It has not, of course, historicity of the same kind as the New Testament, which are virtually contemporary documents, while Genesis is separated by we do not know how many sad exiled generations from the Fall, but certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most humane, is still soaked with the sense of `exile'."

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