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Tolkien’s Biblical Epic

The enduring popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' series is due to its profoundly biblical view of the world and its complex interpretation of reality.

  • J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' series of novels have sold over 150 million copies and launched the modern genre of fantasy literature.
  • Tolkien's books offer a profoundly biblical view of the world, with themes of sin, redemption, and providence.
  • The ring in 'Lord of the Rings' represents sin and its temptations, reflecting the moral fragility of humanity.
  • Redemption comes through characters like Aragorn, who resembles the biblical messiah as a great warrior-king.
  • Tolkien's books continue to sell because they offer a complex interpretation of reality and a profound meditation on human existence.
Tolkien’s Biblical Epic
The long-lasting popularity of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ shows that in a secular age, readers still respond to Judeo-Christian teachings about morality, providence and power.