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Mary JollyREL 3112Livingston11 November 2017The English author, J.R.R. Tolkien, best known for his fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, claims his works are not allegorical, or rather he wishes they were not analyzed as allegory, but rather a trilogy on religion and teaching the Catholic norms. Through various letters in response to people’s claims and/or criticisms that The Lord of the Ringsis an allegory, Tolkien argues that the trilogy is of deliberate religious teachings and Catholic norms, and that the story was methodically put together and revised to teach the Catholic morals and values Tolkien grew up with. Despite the definition of allegory, the amount of religious references within the trilogy is just too abundant for one to argue that Tolkien was not writing books on religion. By examining the books as well as Tolkien’s letters, one can create a strong argument that Tolkien was writing about religion and Catholic norms and expressing those ideas through fantasy.As previously stated J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a trilogy that draws on fantasy to express religious ideals, specifically that of the Catholic faith. This makes sense seeing

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