This, Tolkien’s description of the intrinsic link between true faithful marriage & the Eucharist, is BEAUTIFUL! To fully understand the sacramental nature of marriage, you must understand the full sacramental nature of The New Covenant, for which the the Eucharistic Sacrifice is the fulfillment.
Letters from the Edge of Elfland
David Russell Mosley
3 January 2014
The Edge of Elfland
Hudson, New Hampshire
Dear Friends and Family,
Today is the birthday for one of my favourite authors, J. R. R. Tolkien. He was born on this day in 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His works have been guiding lights for most of my life. I have done numerous posts about Tolkien and his works on this blog. Today, I want to look at one of his letters to his middle son, Michael. It is Letter 43 in the Collected Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien collected and edited by Humphrey Carpenter.
The letter begins by treating whether men and women can be friends. Ultimately, Tolkien thinks it a rare occurrence, too often coloured by one or the other of them ‘falling in love’. Though he does note that it can and does happen, two people are…
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