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Tolkien and the Feast of the Annunciation

March 25, 2009

Henry Tanner. The Annunciation. 1898

Henry Tanner. The Annunciation. 1898

Chers Amis,

Last year I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Joseph Pearce, renown Catholic scholar and Tolkien expert speak at a homeschooling conference. While he did not speak about Tolkien or Catholic elements in the Lord of the Rings trilogy that day, he touched on the ideas briefly. (I would have LOVED to hear a whole day on that topic!) He did point out the importance of March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation in the climax of the Return of the King as it relates to salvation and original sin.  He wrote a short article which explains it beautifully.

–Marjorie

PS – I just love this picture by Tanner. So real. So true. I much prefer it to blonde angels with wings and Medieval courtyards.

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