Tolkien’s Jewels

16 minutes By Mary Biese, University of Notre Dame It is no surprise that The Silmarillion (Sil) is primarily about the Silmarils, or that The Lord of the Rings (LR) centers around a Ring. What may surprise readers, however, are the similarities (and differences) between these jewels and their respective creators. How do these comparisons affect the […]

Tolkien and Immortality

15 minutes Written by Mary Biese (Notre Dame) | Edited by Mary Boneno The following was a college essay written by Mary Biese. It has been edited and approved by Mary Boneno. If you have a Theology essay that you would like published that received a grade of an A- or higher, please be sure to contact […]

The Monsters and the Lights: Evil, Darkness, and Light in Tolkien’s Legendarium

12 minutes The following was a college essay written by Mary Biese. It has been edited and approved by Christopher Centrella. If you have a Theology essay that you would like published that received a grade of an A- or higher, please be sure to contact us. By Mary Biese, University of Notre Dame “Evidently I have […]

What Has the Shire to Do with Rome?

4 minutes By John Tuttle, Benedictine College The Lord of the Rings serves as an exceptional benchmark of 20th-century literature. It has been acclaimed by both scholars and hippies and has been enjoyed by readers of the general public as well as by faithful Christians. In the years since its publication, it has proven its ageless enchantment […]