I don't know. We all bring something of ourselves to whatever we choose to create. Our experiences certainly play a huge part in the creative process. We write what we know. We write what we believe.

If we fail to do that, we are inauthentic to ourselves and our audience.

I don't believe that Tolkien was at all inauthentic. There are few writers who know the genre as he did; still fewer who could create not just a mythical/fantastical world but one complete with its own language.

At the end of the day, does it really make any difference if he avowed or disavowed being a Catholic or a Christian?

In any event, what Tolkien created has engaged, enthralled, and given enjoyment to countless people and multiple generations of readers.

Thanks for the read.

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Barbara Cleary

Barbara Cleary

Catholic wife/mom/Nan to three granddaughters. Living a dream in a multigenerational home, one day at a time.