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URL: http://holbytla.wordpress.com/
Site Description: by Quirino M. Sugon Jr. "Reading Tolkien in the Light of Faith." "The Lord of The Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously at first, but consciously in the revision.”--J. R. R. Tolkien 1958
Date Joined: Jan 15, 2009

Tags: Lord of the Rings, History, Literature, Theology, Catholic


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Sam Gamgee and Simon of Cyrene: the Journey to Mount Doom
on Mar 26, 2013 in Uncategorized Black Gates Frodo Gandalf Garden of Gethsemane Mount Calvary Mount Doom Mouth of Sauron Return of the King Simon of Cyrene The Fifth Station of the Cross: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry His Cross: As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesu...



How the walls of Jericho and Orthanc fell
on Feb 7, 2010 in Uncategorized Ents Merry Orthanc Pippin Walls of Jericho The story of the fall of the walls of Orthanc was narrated by Pippin: I thought that they had been really roused before; but I was wrong.  I saw what it was like at last.  it was staggering.  They roared and boomed and trumpeted, until stones bega...



The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell on Christmas day: the Mission of Christ and Frodo to Mount Doom
on Jan 3, 2010 in Uncategorized Christmas Divine Mercy Fellowship of the Ring Frodo Jesus Christ Mount Calvary Mount Doom One Ring Rivendell Sauron In the Appendix B of the Return of the King, we learn that the Company of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk.  The day was December 25, 3018 of the Second Age.  Before the company set out, Elrond spoke his last word: The Ring-bearer is setting out o...



Biblical numerology in the birthday party of Bilbo and Frodo: 111 and 33
on Dec 18, 2009 in Uncategorized Frodo Baggins Bilbo Baggins numerology 666 In the “Long Expected Party” we read: Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number, and a very respectable age for a hobbit (the Old Took himself had only reaced 130); and Frodo was going to be thirty three, 33, an imp...



The line of Nimloth the Fair and the Shoot of Jesse
on Nov 28, 2009 in Uncategorized Aragorn Eldest of Trees Elendil Galathilion Gandalf Jesus Christ King Elessar Nimloth the Fair Shoot of Jesse Telperion The finding of the sapling of the Eldest of the Trees in the barren slopes is a metaphor for the finding the race of Elendil in the barren wilderness outside of Gondor: Then Aragorn turned, and there was a stony slope behind him running down from the...



Radagast the Brown and St. Francis of Assisi
on Nov 15, 2009 in Uncategorized Radagast the Brown St. Francis of Assis Concerning Radagast the Brown, Gandalf said: Radagast is, of course, a worthy Wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue; and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends. (Fellowship of the Ring, p. 288) This passage...



Gondor’s custom of looking westward before meals: Gloria Patri and the Salvation History
on Oct 28, 2009 in Uncategorized Aragorn Faramir Gandalf Gondor Ithilien Morgoth Numenor Saruman Sauron The men of Gondor has the following custom before meals: Before they ate, Faramir and all his men turned and faced west in a moment of silence.  Faramir signed to Frodo and Sam that they should do likewise. ‘So we always do,’ he said, as...



Gondor’s custom of looking westward before meals: the Gloria Patri and the Salvation History
on Oct 28, 2009 in Uncategorized Aragorn Faramir Gondor Ithilien Morgoth Numenor Sauron Before the men of Gondor ate, they always look westward for a few moments of silence: Before they ate, Faramir and all his men turned and faced west in a moment of silence.  Faramir signed to Frodo and Sam that they should do likewise. ‘So we...



Elvish Lembas and Eucharistic Fasting: the story of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa
on Oct 20, 2009 in Uncategorized Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa Elvish lembas Eucharistic fast transubstantiation Near the end of their journey to Mt. Doom, Frodo and Sam fed on lembas alone: The lembas had a virtue without which they would long ago have lain down to die.  It did not satisfy desire, and at times Sam’s mind was filled with the memories of...



Galadriel’s three locks of hair and the relics of the saints
on Oct 10, 2009 in Uncategorized Council of Trent Galadriel Gimli relics St. Polycarp of Smyrna Galadriel asked Gimli what gift he would like to have.  Gimli said none.  But Galadriel insisted.  So Gimli named his gift: ‘There is nothing, Lady Galadriel,’ said Gimli, bowing low and stammering. ‘Nothing, unless it might be...



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