On January 3, 1892, J. R. R. Tolkien was born. His fantasy works, imbued with a very deep spiritual meaning, reveal the great faith that has accompanied this man throughout his life. He himself defined The Lord of the Rings, his masterpiece, as a religious and Catholic work. Very devoted to Our Lady and a lover of traditions, he gave his son Christopher, who was at war, a precious advice: to place all his hopes in the Blessed Sacrament. His Catholic faith cost Tolkien’s family not a little in Anglican England: his mother, who was widowed and converted to Catholicism as an adult, was abandoned by her family. She was forced to work hard to support her children, to whom she knew how to transmit her faith with words and above all by example. Also due to the conditions of poverty and hardship in which he found himself, he died very young, when Tolkien was only ten years old. But the testimony of faith of this strong and courageous mother did not fail even with death: in fact she had asked a priest to raise her children, because she feared that if they went to live with her relatives, they would be forced to abandon Catholicism and become Protestants. Tolkien never forgot his mother’s very strong and consistent faith, and he himself was often the object of prejudice and discrimination in the world of work because of his being a Catholic. No persecution, however, could distract him from the true treasure. To the point that Tolkien’s testimony of faith played a very important role in the conversion of another great writer who was his friend: C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

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