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Happy 119th Birthday, Professor Tolkien
CatholicVote ^ | 01/03/2011 | Bradley Birzer

Posted on 01/03/2011 11:50:39 AM PST by Pyro7480

“The spirit of wickedness in high places is now so powerful and so many-headed in its incarnations,” Tolkien wrote in 1969, “that there seems nothing more to do than personally to refuse to worship any of the hydras’ heads.”

The world, he thought, seemed little better than a new Tower of Babel, “all noise and confusion.”

Yet, armed with Grace, citizens of the City of God should remain constant in their defense of all that is good....

With the Incarnation of Christ, “art has been verified,” Tolkien claimed. “God is the Lord, of angels, and of men–and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused” with the arrival of God in Time, and man has been blessed beyond earthly comprehension....

What then, should we just the gift of Beauty for, for glorification. That Beauty helps move us to do the right thing: there is always hope, no matter what ravages the world brings....

That hope, and especially the Grace imparted by the Incarnation, reminds us that the baptized must sanctify the world and, as St. Paul taught, “redeem the time.” When asked about the meaning of life, Tolkien did not mince words:

[T]he chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks. To do as we say in the Gloria in Excelsis . . . . We praise you, we call you holy, we worship you, we proclaim your glory, we thank you for the greatness of your splendour....

Today, 119 years after Tolkien’s birth, we would do well to remember the words and ideas of this brilliant (and, perhaps, saintly) Roman Catholic.

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TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; happybirthday; tolkien
Instead of marking the excommunication of Martin Luther as something to revel in, how about we celebrate the birth of this great man?
1 posted on 01/03/2011 11:50:44 AM PST by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 01/03/2011 11:54:08 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

In an article he wrote about Tolkein, Jonah Goldberg noted that the good professor thought that English literature written after Chaucer was too frivolous.


3 posted on 01/03/2011 11:54:25 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Pyro7480

...and he doesn’t look a day over 114...


4 posted on 01/03/2011 11:54:26 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Pyro7480

Or you could revel in my son’s birthday. 16yo today.


5 posted on 01/03/2011 11:57:55 AM PST by DManA
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To: sinanju

He’d puke reading the “literature” of today. I’ve read Tolkein so many times, I’ve memorized it. Now, I’m re-discovering Dickens.

Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkein! Thank you for an epic of sheer terror and joy!

The battle for Helm’s Deep is one of the greatest battle scenes.


6 posted on 01/03/2011 11:59:47 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: DManA

Congratulations!


7 posted on 01/03/2011 11:59:58 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: OpusatFR

Agreed. I’m re-reading LoTR now and plan on re-reading The Sillmarillion again as well.


8 posted on 01/03/2011 12:01:14 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: OpusatFR
If you like Tolkein, I would think that Trollope would agree with you better than Dickens . . .

. . . that's just my opinion, but give The Warden or Barchester Towers a shot.

9 posted on 01/03/2011 12:04:33 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Pyro7480

My favorite author.

And we are indebted to his son Christopher Tolkien for dedicating much of his life to sharing his father’s unpublished work. Without those works that have been published since Tolkien’s death, we would only have guessed at the level of complexity and completeness which lay beneath the Lord of the Rings universe, and the extent to which that universe was a proving ground for Tolkien’s rich ideas about religion and philosophy.


10 posted on 01/03/2011 12:06:46 PM PST by CaptainMorgantown
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To: Pyro7480

As every year goes by, my esteem for CS Lewis grows less and less........

Tolkien? Me gusta mucho!!!


11 posted on 01/03/2011 12:12:53 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Pyro7480

Ironically my other son is the Tolkein fan. This one never had any interest in it.


12 posted on 01/03/2011 12:15:50 PM PST by DManA
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To: Peter from Rutland

I just began “The Hobbitt” for the gazillionth time.

“The eagles are coming!”


13 posted on 01/03/2011 12:48:12 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: AnAmericanMother

“...Trollope would agree with you better than Dickens . . .”

Good idea. I’d forgotten about Trollope. The last thing I remember reading is The Eustace(sp?) Diamond.

Dickens is so delightfully florid.


14 posted on 01/03/2011 12:51:24 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Pyro7480

Eleventy-nineth birthday.


15 posted on 01/03/2011 1:16:43 PM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: Pyro7480

Eleventy nine already!


16 posted on 01/03/2011 1:28:26 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: Pyro7480

[T]he chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks. To do as we say in the Gloria in Excelsis . . . . We praise you, we call you holy, we worship you, we proclaim your glory, we thank you for the greatness of your splendour....

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Thank you so much for posting this. I had never seen those words from Tolkien before.


17 posted on 01/03/2011 2:54:03 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: OpusatFR
The Eustace Diamonds is one of his London social problem novels. I like the ecclesiastical/county town ones (Barchester Towers, The Small House at Allington, Doctor Thorne (my favorite), etc.) better.

I will say that Lizzie Eustace is about the best characterization of a certain type of wicked woman that I've ever seen. She makes Beckie Sharp look like a cardboard cutout.

The problem I have with Dickens (and I know this is heresy, but . . . ) is that his characters are all exaggerations of a single personality quirk. I would not be surprised to meet Archdeacon Grantley or even Rev. Mr. Crawley on the street . . . but I would never expect to meet Mr. Micawber or Magwitch.

18 posted on 01/03/2011 3:14:26 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: fishtank
Before you jettison Lewis, read his volume of the Oxford History of English Literature. It will restore your esteem entirely.

The Discarded Image is also extremely good.

19 posted on 01/03/2011 3:18:21 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Pyro7480
"Gloria in excelsis Deo" (Latin for "Glory to God in the highest")

I read the books but never seen these words from Tolkien

Happy Birthday Mr. Tolkien with our Lord and Angels!

20 posted on 01/03/2011 6:07:22 PM PST by johngrace (God so loved the world so he gave his only son! Praise Jesus and Hail Mary!)
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To: Peter from Rutland

The books are excellent.

I dont think the Master of Middle Earth would have cared though for the films. Great special effects yes but way too much liberty taken by the scriptwriters, way too much added and taken away from the original design.

I laugh at the “cats eye” on the tower of Baradur and the comments on utube are made mostly by the ignorant as all they know is from what they saw in the films.

If the eye on the tower is supposed to “be” Sauron, then that is a great error. Of course Sauron had some physical form as Gollum was familar with the four-fingered Black Hand from his imprisonment in Mordor. Or did Hollywood leave that out of their movie?

The casting, not so good. The hobbits all look like models too pretty. Aragorn - Nothing like the Tall Man described in the book. May I go on? The scene at Galadriels mirror, disgusting really that they would make her appear evil, and change her voice to sound like a Cyclon. Ha!
I really dont have the time to list all the errors, I can say thank goodness they did excise idiotic things like Saruman falling off Orthanc!

I suppose the Hobbit will be just as bad.

Happy Birthday J.R.R Iam glad you never had to see the “film”.

I do hope they will not even attempt the Sillmarillion.


21 posted on 02/25/2011 7:03:42 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: Gasshog

Yeah, they really did take some liberties. lmao! I mean, just Arwen alone was bad enough and if you never read the appendices in LotR you would not even understand the flashbacks in the movie.

They’d never attempt the Silmarillion. Too long, too depressing.


22 posted on 02/25/2011 7:21:18 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Peter from Rutland

The visuals for the Elves were pretty good.

I mean just how fair can mere mortals be made to look (sans CGI assistance)

When I read the books I realy dont try to visualize the Elves in my mind - certainly they werent like what we call fairies/elves in childrens tales. History of Middle Earth volumes give you some better idea of the Elven-race.

I think Tolkien meant for the “fair folk” be at the edge of our mental grasp. But if you gotta make a film you gotta come up with something, right?


23 posted on 02/25/2011 7:53:17 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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